Wildcard (week 36):
Clara Luciani – Respire Encore

When I first wrote about Clara Luciani, over three years ago, she was an upcoming French singer. By now, we may conclude she delivered on the promise. For those in doubt: just listen to her new album Coeur (โ€˜heartโ€™). Itโ€™s a record that was born out of a profound love for 1960s and โ€˜70s music, but in the meantime firmly planted in the 2020s. Thatโ€™s French DJ Breakbotโ€™s contribution to the project. He adds a modern touch to Lucianiโ€™s retro influences.

When the album came out mid-June, I already recommended album cut Respire Encore (โ€˜breathe againโ€™). A great example of this nu-disco sound. It features a prominent bass and funky guitar riffs, as well as a beautiful string arrangement, played by no less than 18 violinists. Backing vocals are provided by Claraโ€™s older sister Lea Luciani, who was the subject of earlier single Ma Soeur.

Lyrically, Respire Encore is an ode to post-lockdown life. โ€œI wrote this song to convince myself that happier days were coming, the artist explains. At Carte Blanche Music, weโ€™d like to bring those happier days a little bit closer.

Now the triumphant track has been released as Lucianiโ€™s official new single, weโ€™ve chosen Respire Encore as our new Wildcard. This means itโ€™ll feature here prominently for a whole week! Even better: itโ€™s the 1.900th Wildcard since I started choosing one on a weekly basis. Easy Lover by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins was the first one, back in 1985!

Recommended as well:
Clara Luciani – Ma Soeur
Clara Luciani – La Grenade

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In the Wildcards 2021 playlist youโ€™ll find all of this yearโ€™s Carte Blanche Music Wildcards so far.

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