In just over two weeks time she’ll sing “Requiem” for La Belle France during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv. But before she takes to the stage at the International Exhibition Center in Ukraine, Alma has one small thing to do: release her debut LP Ma Peau Aime, which drops May 5 through Warner Music France.
And ahead of that she’s released one of the 13 tracks from the album “À demi pardonnée” as a teaser track.
The title translates as “Half Forgiven” and tells the story of two lovers, retracing the steps of a failed relationship. Sigh: We’ve all been there.
In the atmospheric, electro-tinged ballad, she sings: “We only half love each other, we must admit it. But fault avowed, fault half forgiven, who will leave first?”
Those lyrics are ruul deep y’all, and a world away from the fun kooky vibes Alma served when she performed the Eurovision classic “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” at the SIDACTION telethon.
WORKING WITH NAZIM KHALED ON MA PEAU AIME
Much of Ma Peau Aime, including Eurovision track “Requiem”, has been written and produced by Nazim Khaled. Eurofans will remember him as the man behind Amir’s 6th place entry “J’ai Cherché”.
But he also has an extensive back catalogue of hits for French stars Kendji Girac, Yannick Noah and more.
Amir of course will be joining Alma in Kyiv as part of France 2’s Commentary Team for the semi-finals and Grand Final. Speaking to Le Figaro, Alma revealed that having Amir there is a relief:
“It’s good to know he’ll be on the ground with me,” she confided. “I don’t know what’s going to happen at Eurovision, but I know if there’s any doubt I can turn to him.”
Amir also sang Alma’s praises: “She has at the same time the charm, the charisma, and a very effective song, with timeless phrases that everyone knows: “Embrasse moi, tell me you love me.”
Amir’s top tip for Alma is to hone her craft at the rehearsals: “Treat the rehearsals like the real show, get all the fear and stress out before the grand final, and know that when you get on stage you can’t do any more.”
The dynamic duo will depart for Kyiv later than other delegations who will descend on the Ukrainian capital this weekend before the start of rehearsals on Sunday.