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Woodkid was undoubtedly the first surprise of 2011, an unexpected arrival far from the mainstream buzz. In March, he released Iron, an EP of raw beauty, on french independent label Green United Music. Woodkid, aka Yoann Lemoine, is originally known as a very talented music video director : Yelle, Moby, Katy Perry, The Shoes or more recently Lana Del Rey « Born To Die » and « Blue Jeans », and even the Drake featuring Rihanna video. Rumor has it that during a video shoot in the U.S., Woodkid received, straight from great American guitarist Richie Havens’ hands, a banjo that immediately replaced his piano, at least for a while. Without neglecting his activity as a director (for music or even cinema, also part of his project), Woodkid decided to devote himself to make his own music. When listening to Woodkid, an obvious thought goes to Antony and The Johnsons : Woodkid and Anthony could be kindred spirits of the voice. We can also hear the sweet folk influences from New York and a brillant way to play with melodies. The all thing emphases Yoann Lemoine’s gift for songwritting, that floats somewhere between Neil Hannon and Bonnie Prince Billy. The Iron EP revealed a universe of fragile grace : four original songs, written either on guitar or piano. In a very short time, Woodkid has become a must-known artist.


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