Album: Soko, I Thought I Was an Alien (Because Music)

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Stéphanie (Soko) Sokolinski is a César-nominated French actress who had a minor hit in 2007 before announcing that she was "dead" as a musician.

Now "reborn", any reservations you might have about her debut album are scuppered at the start as she whispers: "You will discover me through my songs.../ Hear all the cracks and the lack of talent/ And I hope that you don't hate me by then." Think Daniel Johnston with experience in place of innocence. Touching and strangely beautiful.