Premiere: Mathilde Bataillé – “No Man is an Island”


Based out of South East London, Mathilde Bataillé is a 20-year-old French musician who shows an extremely powerful sound on “No Man is an Island”, which we’re thrilled to premiere. Her latest single is dubbed as a “6-minute-long Dionysian epic” — its lyrics powerfully capturing the emotional essence of human nature and the related importance of empathy, complete with references to poets Arthur Rimbaud and John Donne.

Bataillé’s vocals are a powerhouse, beginning with a minimalist presence in retelling early mornings spent on empty streets, though quickly accompanied by rhythmic additions and more up-front guitars. “Is there such a thing as a divine connection?” she asks as the guitars rise, “Or are we all too ashamed of wanting this affection?” The heavy, affecting lyrics mesh with a strongly resonating melody, her vocals rising and falling in accordance to the beautiful rock-forward composition. This is an extremely successfully and emotionally resonating success from Mathilde Bataillé, whose rise seems imminent.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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