Music is anything but a job to Yael Naim and David Donatien. It’s entwined in every aspect of life for these musical and romantic partners, who recorded their third album together in their family home on the outskirts of Paris. “We never agree when we work, we always fight. It’s intense,” says Naim, 37.
“Sharing a creation is one of the more difficult things you can do,” adds Donatien. “Not many people share a book or a painting.” Nevertheless, it’s now 10 years since they began their successful partnership, recording the first, self-titled, Yael Naim album on rudimentary equipment in her Bastille apartment, with her often singing in Hebrew, and watching its single, New Soul, become an unlikely worldwide hit following Apple advert ubiquity in 2008. Naim is at her most soulful on Dream in My Head, a swaying, grandiose song that could be a Bond theme if Bond was Parisien. Trapped is another one the piles the voices high, with Naim reaching dizzying heights on her lead vocal. She’s singing with more power and feeling than ever before.
“This album is very different from the last one. It has more emotion. What we lived was stronger,” says Naim, talking about its literal life and death themes. “Suddenly life disappeared and life appeared. My grandmother was my first loss as an adult. I’m singing about what kind of person you become once you are in front of big changes.”
USA TOUR DATES
9/12 @ Great American Hall – San Francisco, CA
9/13 @ Oshman Family JCC – Palo Alto, CA
9/15 @ Hotel Café – Los Angeles, CA
9/16 @ Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
9/17 @ Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
12/6 @World Cafe Live – Philadelphie, PA
12/7-8 @ Highline Ballroom – New York, NY