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Emilie Simon, ‘The Flower Book’ (Milan)

Simon is a Parisian songwriter with a demure, crackly voice whose music is rooted in Björk-esque notions of how technology and nature stream together. And this record, a compilation of tracks from her first two albums and her soundtrack for the French release of March of the Penguins (La Marche de L’Empereur), has a vivid charm. On “Song of the Storm,” she develops beats by rubbing ice cubes together; and elsewhere, she embeds intimate impressions of wood, flowers, and water in her deceptively tuneful songs. Simon’s one cover (“I Wanna Be Your Dog”) comes from noted environmentalists the Stooges.

Now Hear This: Emilie Simon – “Song of the Storm” DOWNLOAD MP3