It All Began With Toys
Composer Sleepthief (Justin Elswick) teamed up with a plethora of vocal talents to produce the exceptional album The Dawnseeker. The author has wedded his music to a number of talented brides such as Jody Quine, Nicola Hitchcock, Caroline Lavelle, and san.drine to form a perfect musical union. [...]
The angelic voice of Sandrine Ligabue a.k.a. san.drine chills the heart with her song Entre Ciel et Mer (Between Sky and Sea). It is the best track on the album for me and I played it quite a bit. It is sung in French, but the passion, the depth and the poetry need no translation. But here it is.
"Like immobile debris, I will remember. Your invisible face, I will remember.
Between sky and sea, I fall, between sky and sea I dance, between sky and sea I fall, between sky and sea I wait (for you)."
san.drine's breathless voice is like sweet flowing wine as the passion pours from her heart.
--RJ Lannan 5/21/2007
san.drine - Histoires d'Eau
Here’s a personal tip for you! This is one of the best CDs from my private collection. I couldn’t give a better recommendation!
Mein ganz persönlicher Tipp für euch! Eine der besten CDs aus meiner privaten Sammlung. Eine bessere persönliche Empfehlung kann ich nicht geben!
san.drine - Histoires d'Eau
This is a strong debut album from a clearly talented singer/songwriter. Sandrine Ligabue has recently appeared on albums by Sleepthief, Govinda and Suisse Modular. San.drine is joined here on her own release by Govinda (who remixes the opening track), Bitstream Dream, Christian "wicked" Wicht, Angina P, Heckle & Jive and Summer Kelly along with a number of other musicians. The different styles all seem to suit San.drine's sultry vocal approach, my personal favourite being the almost ambient, cinematic soundscaping of Aller Vers Demain where distorted percussion and glowing synthetics work in achingly beautiful juxtaposition against soothing, half whispered words and melancholy chorus.
--Full review at www.morpheusmusic.co.uk 12/2006
Electronica Albums Are Sure To Impress
"The Dawnseeker" ends with "Entre Ciel Et Mer," which means "between sky and sea" in French. The peaceful tune that is sung completely in French is just the right ending for this chimerical CD.
--Marissa M. Groce - Full review at www.slccglobelink.com
[...] The album draws to a close with the French piece "Entre Ciel et Mer" with the smooth vocals of san.drine. This is a perfect ending to a nearly perfect album.
Sleepthief "The Dawnseeker"
"Entre Ciel et Mer," the final track on the CD, is hauntingly beautiful. It features san.drine who arouses a sense of mournful longing as she somberly whispers the foreign phrase in a hush that blends with Elswick's keyboard. The track opens with a digital representation of wind blowing, and it seems the vocals are just that – delivered on the breeze.
----Connie - Full review at www.blogcritics.org 6/2006
"Histoires d'Eau" is the debut CD for this French electro-pop band. With a sound reminescent of Olive, Dido, and Morcheeba, the vocals of Sandrine Ligabue are sure to resonate with fans of ethereal pop
Review of Histoires d'Eau at Musical Discoveries
Histoires d'Eau is Swiss chanteuse san.drine's debut release. Influenced by the trip-hop sounds of Lamb, the cool aesthetic of Dido, and the europop sensibilities of Telopopmusik, san.drine has crafted captivating album full of catchy melodies and hip, cool ambience. While many of the tracks contain French lyrics, this feature only adds to the exotic appeal of the album. Vocally, san.drine shares some similarities with world-famous French diva Mylene Farmer and neo-folkster Keren Ann--all three have that clear yet intimately breathy style that resonates sweetly in the ear.
Musically, the tracks on Histoires range from trippy chill numbers to drum & bass to strong europop. Throughout, san.drine's melodies and vocals remain consistently entrancing. By surrounding herself with talents like producer/programmer Christian "wicked" Wicht, well-known mixmaster Bitstream Dream, Angina P, Govinda, Heckle & Jive and Summer Kelly, san.drine has ensured the creation! of a beautifully rendered album that easily stands with the best downtempo/electronica albums around.
The sexy "Les Larmes d'Isis (Govinda Mix)" is a groove filled spacy track comparable to Vanessa Daou's best work while "Dis-Moi" is an insanely hooky track with a lumbering beat and pitch-perfect melody. The sensual "Ramene-Moi" is a darkly seraphic piece of music that uses understated acoustic guitar and subtle percussion to highlight Sandrine's delicious vocals. Part folk, part electronic, "Ramene-Moi" is one of those rare songs that lingers in the heart and mind. "Atlantiques" is a strong upbeat dance number that pulses with joyous energy. Far from being a standard "trance/club" track, san.drine has imbued this number with incredible soul and power.
"Aller Vers Demain" pulsates at a mid-tempo rate, accentuating san.drine's intimate and ruminating vocals. Again, san.drine shows she is a master of mood nuance, creating images of a mysterious Parisian night. "Eclipse" will definitely appeal to fans of Balligomingo with its expansive sonic palette and ethereal vocals. The swirling beats and aquatic patina of "Still Breathing" draws favorable comparison to the best work of the Solar Twins.
Proving herself to be a striking vocalist and songwriter, san.drine is definitely an artist to watch. It is apparent that she has invested a great amount of artistry and passion into the music--and this honesty and freshness cannot help but resonate with the listener. We are thrilled to witness the arrival of such an exceptional artist. [...]
--Justin Elswick - Full review at www.musicaldiscoveries.com 11/2005
"Histoires d'Eau" by san.drine
is a stunning song that sounds instantly anthemic. "Aller Vers Demain"
is chillingly sweet.
As debut goes this is perfect.
--Anna Maria Stjärnell - Full review at www.collectedsounds.com 11/2004
Quality trip-hop en français from san.drine
“Histoires D’Eau” is an enchanting release featuring sultry female vocals and mostly French lyrics. The atmosphere is one of compromised beauty as san.drine moves effortlessly from stylish trip-pop to darker, almost illbient, work. [..]
“Aller Vers Demain” [is] an eerie gem that would surely grace the soundtrack of many a film. This track reminds one a little of Lamb’s work and the contrast between the uneasy verse parts and inspirational choruses is priceless.
--Full review at www.musicreviewers.com 03/2004
Overview of Histoires d'Eau
Swiss-born and classically trained Sandrine Ligabue joins Christian Wicht and friends in this teaser ep, where sweetly downbeat dreampop is topped by sensuous vocals, as well as injected with tasty amounts of more-experimental flairs. Silky smooth Eurotronic “aller vers demain” (4:53) is grunged up a bit with scruffy textures and warps of gleaming radiance. Dance or float on the waves of “atlantiques”, where Spanish guitarisms, urban rhythms and popping bass are swept with whispery crooning. Digital ballad ”still breathing” expresses its beautiful melancholy in English lyrics. A mini-snippet of ”sans se retourner” (1:01) close the 22-minute preview...
Not that I'd let it affect my judgment or rating, but san.drine is as lovely as she sounds! Delicious ear-candy gets a B.
--D Opdyke at www.ambientrance.org 06/2003