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Championed by the likes of Brigitte Fontaine and Jacques Higelin, Initiale is the debut album from the impossible-to-search-for French singer/songwriter L, aka Raphaele Lannadere. Produced by Babx (Camelia Jordana, Julien Doré), the album features 11 poetic tracks — all penned by Lannadere — that provide an intriguing blend of rock, trip-hop, folk, and jazz. Initiale includes the singles "Jalouse" and "Petite." ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi


Formed: Japan

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '00s

L is a recording alias of Japanese multi-instrumentalist Hiroyuki Usui. Usui began his musical career as the drummer for Keiji Haino's Fushitsusha between 1981 and 1987. He then moved on to the Marble Sheep and Japan's A-Musick (the latter is not to be confused with the German band of the same name). As L, he recorded the underground classic Holy Letters album in 1990, which was privately pressed and horribly distributed. Guitarist Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance)...
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