“Je laisse tout je te laisse derrière moi.”

“Bye Bye Manchester” by Mélanie Pain | It’s not “pain” as in, well, pain. Say it like it’s from the kitchen. Melanie Pan. You might have heard her sing on some of Nouvelle Vague’s covers – here’s her singing the Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks”Bye Bye Manchester is her second solo album, released back in 2012; I heard this song on Cerys Matthew’s French-themed program on 6 Music a few weeks back. (I have to write about that show soon.) I guess it’s my acquired love for chanson, of how the best of it pulls you away from wherever you are and drops you somewhere where the sun shines and the roads are made of cobblestones. Even if all you understand is the song’s title, you feel utterly affected. What’s it with the French? [NB]

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