Early 00s-inspired indie pop with a pastoral vibe,
with minimal instrumentation and poignant songwriting.
French songbird Tiphanie Doucet’s dreamy vocal quality is
markedly distinct, especially in how she tenderly
incorporates it into her music to tell
stories unique to her own outlook and experiences."
On any given weekday, you can hear her voice echoing over the Hudson and East rivers. Equipped with only an acoustic guitar, a microphone and a tiny mixer, the French songstress delivers hushed and intimate performances for passengers aboard Spirit Cruises, set against the backdrop of an idyllic Manhattan skyline. Doucet’s set list meanders seamlessly between Top 40 staples like Cindy Lauper and The Week'nd, while discreetly inserting the odd Gallic classic and, of course, a few numbers from her own blooming repertoire. Oddly enough, this sort of eclecticism works, as Doucet’s own style has been
informed by her superior command of the pop form. You can hear her sing around NJ and Manhattan, sitting with her guitar on the Spirit Cruises ship or the Jazz club "Fine and Rare'.
Tiphanie Doucet got her start early on in the music and entertainment world. Harp and Ballet were part of her two passions since a very early age, and lead to a professional Dancing and Acting career. A starring role in the film Le bébé d’Elsa, and later in the Glee-like TV series "Chante", gave her popularity in her native France, and the unlikely foundations for what would be a very eclectic musical trajectory. After leaving France, Doucet decided to gamble it all and start fresh in America. The 180 degree turn that her life took left her old life in shambles, bringing her plenty of heartbreak and homesickness that would prove to be a wellspring of musical inspiration. This moment of transition afforded Doucet plenty of material to write her own songs, which she began testing out on street corners, cruises and cafés throughout New York and her newly adopted home in Jersey City, New Jersey. The overwhelmingly positive reception was such that she decided to release her own work.
Doucet released her debut album “Under My Sun”, a collection of rustic, yet polished folk numbers produced by Simone Felice who has worked with the likes of Lumineers and Jade Bird. Though Doucet’s influences are prevalent throughout the album, nodding to the likes of Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson and Feist, the work is without a doubt a testament to the uniqueness and originality of her voice.
“Although there's a prevailing sense of scant acoustic elegance that makes the collection feel unified, each composition offers something special. Of course, the opening title track allures with its warm arpeggios, wistful vocals, easygoing percussion, and delicate piano and string accompaniments (courtesy of David Baron, Anneke Schaul-Yoder, and Felice). While several other selections exist in a similar air ("Shadow of You", "Les Miroirs", and closer "9 Bar Café"), pieces like "Dors" and "She" offer a faster pace and lusher symphonic arrangement. Meanwhile, "Come to Me" proves especially inviting with its handclaps and optimistic splendor, whereas "Peace of Heart" is a fervent gem in every way, making it a clear standout of the bunch. Really, every song culminates beautifully to make Under My Sun a piercing, elegant statement.
”Shaped by her experiences in France, Los Angeles, New York, and her recently adopted New Jersey home alike, Doucet’s new work embraces a folksier, jazz-tinged gentleness. Its subtle warmth instantly feels like home, pervading the senses in a way not dissimilar to Norah Jones or Lucy Rose. Yet, in spite of any similarities you may draw between her and other great songwriters, Doucet’s dreamy vocal quality is markedly distinct, especially in how she tenderly incorporates it into her music to tell stories unique to her own outlook and experiences.
"Her vocal performance is compelling in its attention to detail–the ends of lines and the wordless sighs that close the song contain a lot of emotion without going for the big move. If you’re looking for a relaxing summer tune, this is what you’re looking for. Highly recommended."
Stephen Carradini, for Independant Clauses
“We’d gotten to know Tiphanie and her sincerity to her work, is obvious to witness. Her dedication to her craft is unconditional. She’s humble, energetic, honest, and she wants to share her music to greater and greater audiences. And in her humble way, she still is seeking Of herself, and About herself – and we think that contributes profoundly to music making. She wants to be ‘happy’. Happy with her work, happy with her songs making people happy, and happy with making music an even larger part of her life from a career point of view. She’s come a long way. But she’s a tough gal – resilient and proud of her accomplishment and the way she’s come through the personal pains in her past. Her heart pushes her to do so. And in our eyes, that passion is something that we can’t help but DIG about her. Kudos, Tiphanie. Kudos.”
Tiphanie Doucet a une histoire qui ferait un film. Jeune actrice avec Corinne Touzet (oui quand même), bourse US, Danse sur le grand journal, comédie musicale pour finir par se faire repérer dans le métro de New York. Sa vie ressemble à un condensé de la série Un, Dos, très sauf qu’il est par contre fort probable que vous vous souveniez d’elle dans 10 ans. Car Tiphanie a une voix enchanteresse. Elle mélange une guitare sèche folk avec un petit coté soul. C’est une musique à faire tomber les étoiles, en sirotant un petit whisky et en pensant à la vie.
Anotherwhiskyformisterbukowski, Par Charles Chinasky