This spirit of adventure, Chiara Civello saw it in Marc Collin. On Eclipse, the producer has crafter for Chiara an unprecedented pop sound — without bass or drums, but with an electric organ, electronic drums and synthetic bass, to better enhance the grit of her sensual voice. Both fans of a sort of vintage minimalism, Marc and Chiara also share the same passion for Italian film soundtracks of the 60s and 70s. Chiara pays homage to this other side of what she calls her "heritage", through the reinterpretation of three standards, setting Michelangelo Antonioni's Eclisse Twist to a breathless rhythm, proposing an ultra-intimate version of Piero Piccioni's Amore Amore Amore, and closing with an infinitely delicate rendition of Morricone's Quello che conta.
Playing silences and contrasts a director plays with light, Marc Collin has sculpted a cinematic atmosphere for each of the album's tracks. In that imaginary black and white universe, Chiara is the ragazza from Ipanema: light and bewitching, she surfs Truffaut's New Wave, adds her swaying sensibilities to melodies she co-wrote with the cream of Italian songwriters (Francesco Bianconi, Pippo Kaballa, Cristina Dona, Diego Mancino, Diana Tejera and Dimartino), and even languorously covers Dalida's Parole Parole. And let's not forget her special gift to her newfound French audience: a rendition of Sidney Bechet's, Petite Fleur in French no less.
Composer/producer with an eye for talent - a quick description that neatly resumes the talents of Marc Collin, who over the years has progressed from the studio to playing live.
Whether on projects like Nouvelle Vague (often a launchpad for an impressive list of artists on the rise) or with artists such as Yasmine Hamdan (an iconic French-Lebanese singer), Phoebe Killdeer (now known worldwide for her remix by The Avener) and Jay-Jay Johanson (the Scandinavian crooner), Marc Collin nurtures international artists whose particular sensibility and experience appeal to him.
Particularly careful with his production values, Marc Collin is above all a lover of old synths, the ones that left their mark on the 80s, and knows how to get the best out of them for his modern productions by addressing a wide audience.
With its meticulous production characterised by a certain sweetness and subtlety, whether in English, French or more exotic languages, Kwaidan Records is a Parisian institution that welcomes artists from anywhere in the world, helping them develop and confirm their talent.