Seasons Review | The Apple Symphony

Pomme was inspired by the cycle of the seasons to deliver a rich and coherent album, which ranges from the melancholy of autumn to the intoxication of summer, and from the most stripped-down folk to the most complex orchestration.

Pomme’s creativity seems to have no limits and each of his albums is a universe in itself. She spoke to us about anxiety and mental health (Loopholes), of childhood and kindness (Consolations), Claire Pommet becomes more abstract in this concept album full of sensations and evocations.

After revealing the first part at the beginning of last winter, we can now listen to Seasons in full, just for the arrival of spring. And we can finally see the full coherence of the French singer-songwriter’s project, which, after the melancholy and destitution of autumn and winter, gives way to exuberance and exaltation spring and summer.

The album is made up of 12 pieces, 3 per season, all of which have the same title: Purple magic for the autumn months, Christmas card in winter, flower time in spring, and Perseids summer. This is because in fact, each trio can be listened to as a single song, the months of each season following one another without interruption, linked by a single intention.

If the vaporous autumn (with Flavien Berger) and the coldness of winter (with Aaron Dessner, from the group The National) flirt more with an electro coating, the surprise of spring and summer is in the symphonic orchestration, with pieces that are even closer to classical than to popular music. Pomme wrote these six pieces with the composer and conductor Malvina, whose arrangements are also present in the first part of the album, to evoke this joyful period of rebirth and intoxication.

The result is that it feels like a long dramatic climb, going from the most bare to the most complex, with waves within each season. A bit like a symphony in four movements whose basis would be folk, linked by the voice always so pure and fair of the singer, who is capable of reaching stratospheric notes while remaining caressing and soft.

The idea of ​​following the rhythm of the seasons is not new in music: from Vivaldi to Harmonium, many musicians have tried their hand at it. It could have been redundant, but by surrounding herself well, using all the tools within her reach, and above all guided by her great sensitivity, Pomme has created a rich album with a thousand facets, supported by texts that stick to the state of mind for every moment of the year. Seasons talks about nature and its immutable cycles, but also reminds us that we are more connected to it than we think.

A great success, and who knows what path Pomme will take us on next time? Whatever it is, we will follow her.

Extract of jun_perseides





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