My knowledge of French doesn’t exceed much beyond Comment allez-vous? and Je m’appelle Shivani (which I know is not the answer to the former question), so trying to figure out who ‘Rob’ is wasn’t very easy. Thankfully, my detective skills are a lot better and, with last.fm’s assistance, I learned that Rob is none other than Robin Coudert, keyboardist of my very favourite French band Phoenix. One of France’s most famous musicians – Sébastian Tellier – on the other hand, needs no introduction.
The good news is that you don’t have to actually understand French to be able to enjoy Femme et Enfant. Tellier’s vocal contribution consists of humming at all the appropriate moments and, therefore, there are no lyrics. I must admit that I’m not usually a big fan of instrumental songs unless they’re really fantastic, and Femme et Enfant is more than that – it’s simply brilliant. The six-plus minute song doesn’t falter for even a second.
Femme et Enfant is the fourth installment in Courdet’s Dodecalogue – records dedicated to studying the Gospels and the apostles – dedicated to Jude Thadée (St. Jude). You can listen to the song on YouTube and, if you like what you hear, find an mp3 on Lookout.