Martha Wainwright stamps her je ne sais quoi on a beautiful selection of rare and acclaimed Edith Piaf songs, passionately sung and romantically interpreted by Martha on her stunning album ‘Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris. Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record’ out November 9th.
The album was recorded over three intimate performances in New York’s Dixon Place Theatre in June. Produced by Hal Willner, Martha Wainwright assembled a unique band of musicians including long-time collaborator Brad Albetta, who produced Martha’s first two albums, pianist Thomas Bartlett and electric guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Doug Wieselman to capture the French chanteuse’s venerable catalogue, beautifully coupled with Martha’s incredible, evocative and characterful voice.
Cautious of avoiding the cliché of looking sad, pretending to be drunk with a glass of absinthe on the table, Martha creates tension and urgency on this charming 12-track record – delivered with paralleled emotion conveying Edith Piaf’s mystical vulnerability. Highlights include ‘Adieu Mon Coeur’, ‘Vieux Piano’, ‘Une Enfant’ and a transfixing version of ‘Le Foule’.
Growing up in Montreal and speaking French at school, Martha was totally influenced and captivated by Piaf as a child, having listened to her music since the age of eight. “There are certain things about her that I have always been influenced by,” says Martha. “The emotive sensibility of her voice. She’s an incredibly emotional singer and I’ve always been an incredibly emotional singer and pained singer.
Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris is released November 6th.