Nicolas Jules’s chiseled pop

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Well known to spectators of the Bijou in Toulouse, Nicolas Jules, released “Yeti”, a new album, sunny and endearing, which alternates songs and instrumentals. Portrait of a singular singer.

Nicolas Jules has been making resound for twenty years and ten albums a singular and poetic “little music” which belongs only to him. His new record, “Yeti”, punctuated by instrumentals, is undoubtedly one of his best. “I wanted those breaths out of the 17 songs on the album, which I’ve written over the past ten years and performed on my own. Tom Waits or Dylan were a big influence on me, British pop as well, but also French songs from the 80s… I know you can sing in French inspired by Talking Heads. ” With his chiseled pop and his lyrics that don’t look at each other’s navel, Nicolas Jules is aware of being out of tune. “I think that in order to be a big star and reach a large audience, you have to really want it and I may not have that desire, that vitality. I hold on to my path of freedom.” Like a hardworking craftsman, like the carpenter will build a solid and stable chair, Nicolas Jules writes worthy songs that he sings all over France: he has given more than 2,000 concerts everywhere, always with this disarming modesty and humor: ” I honestly think I’m not a very talented person, but I have this urge to write songs in my body and I think I learned a little more with each record. ” In an ideal world, Nicolas Jules is on TV every night and we learn the refrain of “Flee” (“I have an imagination to spare / But I do not try to enrich myself”) in the schools. One thing is certain: his tour will pass through Toulouse next year, where he has solid ties and unwavering admirers. Roll on 2022.

Nicolas Jules, album “Le Yéti”. nicolasjules. bandcamp.com