So Frenchy So Chic 2016 is the latest release of the series which is described as the “unofficial soundtrack to the Alliance Française Film Festival”. The film festival will be held for its 27th year in 2016.
I have been a follower of this series since the 2010 release (I somehow missed it in 2011 and was unable to locate a copy of the earlier releases) and will be for a while. There is a nice mélange of tracks from French artists in French and English, in many genres including French Pop, electronica, Indie and folk that can take to you to another place (not necessarily France either!). The series is a great start for anyone wanting to get into French music but not knowing where to start.
I would consider the compilations as ‘chill’ music and love to have it on while relaxing at home, on long drives and when I want to feel a little French inspiration!
The success of the film festival and the CDs has seen So Frenchy So Chic in the Park being held in Sydney (to coincide with the Sydney Festival) and Melbourne in January or the last few years. After missing out on the first few events, I’m looking forward to attending the 2016 event on January 16th.
Various Artists, So Frenchy So Chic 2016. Cartell Music, 2015. Available from Cartell Music.
For more information on the So Frenchy So Chic in the Park see the event website: http://www.sofrenchysochic.com.au