Music and poetry have long been linked.
For French songwriter Frànçois Atlas words have been a perennial point of inspiration, with his creative outlook allowing different disciplines to intermingle.
Perhaps best known for his role in Domino signed group Francois And The Atlas Mountain, Frànçois Atlas returned to his solo duties last year.
Re-imagining a potent work by seminal French poet Charles Baudelaire, 'Les Fleurs du Mal' was a gorgeous selection of songs released on the French label Silène.
Frànçois Atlas will play two London shows this week, and he's also able to share a beautifully shot video for 'Parfum Exotique'.
The original poem was set in the Indian Ocean, but Frànçois re-cast this as the South of Morocco, shooting the video in a "dreamlike space" somewhere between Agadir and Essaouira.
A stunning piece of art, it's an overwhelming sensory experience. He comments...
For the 'Parfum Exotique' video I re-situated Baudelaire’s original Indian Ocean setting to the South of Morocco, a land that has long fascinated me. Baudelaire’s text speaks of the rich aromas and sights that he experienced during a short trip to the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, and for me the light and atmosphere that surrounds the poem recalls the dreamlike character of the region between Essaouira and the south of Agadir, in the fishing villages where the foothills of the Atlas mountains meet the sea.
The video exists in a dreamlike space, where painted images become real physical locations. It was filmed over three days on the road between Agadir and Essaouira, an area that has been a source of inspiration for my watercolours and where I’ll also be performing this June in collaboration with a local gnawa group - part of my ongoing project to create a link between French poetry and this captivating area.
Tune in now.
Catch Frànçois Atlas at the British Library, London on May 14th - details.
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