French Siren Joséphine de la Baume and Her Bandmate Brother Enjoy the Côte des Basques
Photographer Estelle Hanania ventured to the idyllic town of Biarritz to hang out with multi-talented Gallic pop duo Singtank at the recent surf-music festival Roxy Pro. Comprised of Agent Provocateur model, actress and Mark Ronson’s other half Joséphine de la Baume and her brother Alexandre, Singtank create the kind of sunshine drenched pop the French seem to have a monopoly on. Having released their debut album In Wonder last week, the duo seemed remarkably laid back while enjoying the coastal grooves of Biarritz. “I started the first shoot around 11am and Josephine arrived with wet hair because she just did an early surf lesson on the beach,” says Hanania. Amidst strong winds and a fortuitous break in the driving rain, the band played an emotional set after finding out a close friend had tragically passed away just before the show. “I thought I wouldn’t be able to play. But even though it was quite sad those can sometimes be the most beautiful shows because you give everything you have,” says Joséphine. “The rain held off divinely during those 45 minutes. It was a bit surreal, like a miracle.” Here the siblings share their thoughts on playing together and the best way to spend a summer’s day.
What’s it like making music with your sibling?
Joséphine: It’s amazing! There are so many examples of brothers and sisters in bands that don’t get along, but there’s nothing like that with us. We always got on together very well, and there’s something very fluid about working together because there’s a silent language between a brother and sister. We work very much in a ping-pong kind of way. Even though he writes the music and I write the lyrics, we still rearrange both together.
Alexandre: Everyone is hoping to hear an “I don’t like her” type story, but so far it’s been going really well. We don’t need to explain ourselves. We know where we’re going. We’re both aware of our strengths and weaknesses and we don’t put too much ego in that, so it’s a very fruitful collaboration.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a summer’s day, and what would be the ideal summer day soundtrack?
J: I would be sitting outside reading a good book and drinking rosé. As for the soundtrack, I’m often on holiday with my family. We’re quite a Latin family in the sense that everyone talks so loud and on top of each other. It’s hard to say one sentence in ten minutes, so I guess the music would be the chaotic sound of a family together. Or maybe the soundtrack to an Almodóvar movie.
A: On a really hot day the best place to be is on a beach with a really good book. I would be listening to some cool, chilled early 90s, late 80s hip-hop.