White Oak Blues

by Julien Ledru

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Available in the UK through Worried Songs : worriedsongs.bandcamp.com/merch

"French American Primitive guitar? Sure! Transmitted to us from Paris, Julian Ledru’s playing is sparkling and crisp, whether on guitar or banjo (and occasional synth). He often brings to mind the Windham Hill masters of days gone by—but at least part of his inspiration for White Oak Blues comes from a fairly distant source: Daniel Johnston. Not that Ledru sounds like Johnston, really, but his touching elegy for the late singer-songwriter, “Daniel Variations,” conjures up that fragile spirit."
Aquarium Drunkard

« Julien Ledru parvient de la façon la plus touchante à diffuser ses ondes mélodiques sans prétention aucune, sinon celle de toucher ses cibles en plein cœur. Propice à la rêverie mélancolique, sa musique se répand insidieusement dans les moindres recoins, vient se loger là où on ne l’attend pas et le fil des plages musicales s’écoule doucement au terme d’une première écoute qui ne suffira pas à révéler toute la beauté et la profondeur de l’objet. » ///// Rough translation: "Julien Ledru manages in the most touching way to diffuse his melodic waves without any pretension, if not that of hitting his targets in the heart. Conducive to melancholy reverie, his music spreads insidiously in every nook and cranny, comes to lodge where we do not expect it and the thread of the musical tracks flows slowly after a first listening which will not be enough to reveal all the beauty and depth of the object."
Telescope

« Sur White Oak Blues comme sur Along the Road I Had Traveled, les mélodies sont sculptées avec précision et clarté, sans autre espèce d’artifice. Peut-être par choix de réduire sa musique à l’essentiel, peut-être simplement parce que sa technique le limite, le résultat est le même. Un filet mélodique lumineux et paisible, propre à laisser l’esprit vagabonder. » ///// Rough translation: "On White Oak Blues as well as Along the Road I Had Traveled, the melodies are sculpted with precision and clarity, without any other kind of artifice. Perhaps by choosing to reduce his music to the essentials, perhaps simply because his technique limits him, the result is the same. A luminous and peaceful melodic thread, able to let the mind wander."
XSilence

« Il y a des moments déchirants pendant ce disque, des inflexions aimantes que nous possédons dans notre bréviaire, comme ces fleurs des cimes que nous conservons dans un herbier, véritable livre de poésie de notre nature rêvé. » ///// Rough translation: "There are heartbreaking moments during this record, loving inflections that we have in our breviary, like the flowers of the peaks that we keep in a herbarium, a veritable book of poetry of our dream nature."
À Découvrir Absolument

« White Oak Blues est d’une timidité merveilleuse, d’une discrétion absolue qui pourrait le faire passer inaperçu. C’est une musique qui ne résiste pas et qui se donne, qui pousse à une forme d’abandon et de lâcher-prise.» ///// Rough translation: "White Oak Blues has a marvelous shyness, an absolute discretion that could make it go unnoticed. It is music that does not resist and that gives itself, that pushes to a form of surrender and letting go."
Benzine

credits

released December 4, 2020

All tracks written, played and recorded by Julien Ledru between november 2019 and april 2020.
Mastering: Guillaume Charret.
Drawing: “Wood Ibis”, hand-colored engraving from “The Birds of America” by John James Audubon (1785-1851).
Artwork: Julien Ledru.
This record is dedicated to Marie.
In memory of Daniel Johnston.

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Julien Ledru Paris, France

Instrumental folk and fingerpicking songs. "Along The Road I Had Traveled" was released on vinyl in 2019 in partnership with Microcultures. A Découvrir Absolument sees it as "an intimate and precious record (...), trips like this are precious and rare". "White Oak Blues" deepens further the melancholy furrow of the blues and is released on vinyl through Marjan Records in 2020. ... more

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