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It may sound presumptuous to paraphrase and quote Prévert in a presentation of "Portraits", until one considers how poetry, nowadays, is most vivid through songs – and that words are no longer its only vehicle. The object here is to paint the portrait of Doriand, whose songwriting talents have been requisitioned by the most demanding artists (earning him the distinction of “author of the year 2019” by the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music). His solo career, however, has not been met with the spoils of notoriety. Since his breakthrough 1996 hit “Au diable le paradis”, the now-forty-something has released four critically-acclaimed albums. But commercial success came through songs he had written for others, such as L5’s “Toutes les femmes de ta vie”, Mika’s “Boum Boum Boum” and “Elle me dit”, as well as luminaries like Alain Bashung and Michel Polnareff. The list goes on: Camélia Jordana, Lio, Keren Ann, Sylvie Vartan, Helena Noguerra, Julien Doré, Pauline Croze, Emmanuelle Seigner... Doriand’s original idea for “Portraits” was to provide his own vocals to songs he had written for others: the aforementioned “Toutes les femmes de ta vie”, “Les bords de mer” (Julien Doré), “Pas si facile à oublier” (Sylvie Vartan), “Non, non, non", (Camélia Jordana), “Nos âmes à l’abri” (Bashung), “Dans ta playlist” (Polnareff), and “Elle me dit” (Mika).

Says Doriand: “All the songs were rearranged by Marc Collin, so when I’m singing ‘Toutes les femmes de ta vie’, the result is just a bit off, a bit more refined, in the vein of the classic pop sound that I’ve always loved.” But as the idea for this recreational re-creation of an album grew, friendship took over every other consideration: “All of the people I write with become my friends, which is pretty incredible. And only a friend would join me in such a project – I’m not exactly a household name! While it was work that brought us together, the friendships that developed through our collaborations continue to this day: Keren Ann, Mika, Marc Collin, Edith Fambuena, and Peter von Poehl are all people I talk to one the phone daily. This is the true meaning of ‘friends and family’, not just a question of musical kinship.”


1. Doriand feat. Katerine & Mika - Danser entre hommes
2. Doriand - Elle me dit
3. Doriand feat. Keren Ann & Edith Fambuena - La mariée
4. Doriand - Les bords de mer
5. Doriand feat. Brigitte - Et va la vie
6. Doriand - Non non non (Écouter Barbara)
7. Doriand - Pas si facile à oublier
8. Doriand feat. Mika - Au diable le paradis
9. Doriand - Nos âmes à l’abri
10. Doriand feat. Katerine - Ici
11. Doriand feat. Lio - Le pardon du chevreuil
12. Doriand - Toutes les femmes de ta vie
13. Doriand feat. Peter von Poehl -Adolescence
14. Doriand feat. Helena Noguerra - L’âge des saisons
15. Doriand feat. Albin de la Simone- Dans ta playlist