Mahaut Mondino, France's answer to FKA Twigs, is already trending in Europe. Her voice has been tapped by big brands like L'Oréal and Yves Saint Laurent, and she's caught the attention of French Vogue and Elle with early singles like "Voodoo Me" and "Jungle." Today she makes her proper Stateside debut with "The Great Elements," a genre-bending soul number that is about just that: the great elements. Citing a teaching of the Ancient Greek philosopher Alcameon—"There are four main elements that compose the universe: fire, water, earth and air. The balance between them results to good health and unity, the predominance of one provokes sickness, the predominance of two provokes death"—she explained to FADER, "I used this theory as a metaphor to a love relationship, fighting for a balance." Her father, photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino, directed the accompanying video. Mondino plans to self release her debut in early 2015.
November 25, 2014