Single Saturdays: Pauline Chagne – Mélancolie Lolita

French singer Pauline Chagne has a new single entitled Mélancolie Lolita (Melancholy Lolita). The song is about Lolita going through emotional challenges.

The music is French Pop and Folk. Antonin Tardy composed the song with a musical style parallel to various Francophone singers: Sylvie Vartan, Françoise Hardy and Natasha St-Pier. It has a nostalgic feel to it with a sound similar to the tunes of the 60s and 70s. The rhythm is smooth, with moments where it stops for a few seconds, then transitions nicely to the chorus. It also has some wavy parts combined with a slower pace. The composition is impressive and intricate- the structure is remarkable. The music is rich and soulful.

Pauline Chagne’s voice is bold and smooth. She sings with a beautiful rhythm. She has a stunning vocal range that parallels that of Sylvie Vartan, Françoise Hardy and Natasha St-Pier. 

The lyrics are rich and deep. The song describes melancholy and sadness with minute details, such as dancing with the blues and the dripping mascara. The rhyming style has a fantastic blend of AABB and freestyle writing – it gives the tune a rhythmic flow. “Maquillage de l’angoisse” (makeup of anguish) is a metaphor for wearing one’s emotions, in this case, owning it. The simplistic words have an incredible depth to them. The passage “Je danse avec moi” (I dance with myself) represents coping with the situation of the blues that hold her for the dance (Le blues me prend dans ses bras- which means the blues took me in its arms). The lyrics have a bold edge. The song describes relatable emotional struggles with genuine sensitivity and vulnerability.

The single Mélancolie Lolita is available.

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