Flavien Berger is a Parisian singer and producer who has been releasing some really fine music over the past few years – a mixture of earnest songs, soundscape-ridden experiments and floor filling ear worms.
His whole quasi-ironic, uber-French persona (see right) makes it difficult to work out how candid the sweeter end of his output really is, but there's a poetry to his lyrics that, even with limited French, you can absolutely appreciate. He told me about how his songwriting style has developed – from sincere youthful troubadour to a considered, leading light
of French pop.
We also discussed his 2018 album, Contre-Temps, at length, a record that he says is based on a personal fascination with time travel – less Doctor Who and more going back through memory – the exploration of which what is the basis of a truly sublime set of tunes.