Elliot Armen

Fri 12 July

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Elliott Armen, singer-songwriter, grew up between Paris and his native land of Saint-Malo.  Since he was a teenager, he has been composing on guitar and piano, echoing the landscapes that shelter his family house, located on the edge of a magnificent estuary.

Named after the lighthouse on the island of Sein, Elliot recorded his first album in a studio on the island of Ushant. Helium Balloons was released on March 31, 2022, highlighted by an exceptional concert opening for Miossec at La Cigale, Paris. This concert at La Cigale marked the debut of Elliott Armen, who is now signed to the prestigious SONY MASTERWORKS label (Gabi Hartman, Thylacine, Thibault Cauvin…).

An instrumental version, revisiting tracks from his first album, entitled Helium, was released on March 24, 2023.  His tracks already count over 5 million streams on all digital platforms.

A worthy heir to the greats Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Andy Shauf, the 25-year-old from Brittany uniquely blends guitar and piano chords with his airy voice. His work is tinged with an intimate, woodsy atmosphere, endearing and timeless, always anchored between land and sea.

For his second album, Elliott Armen decided to go to Scotland, dreaming of a particularly isolated recording on the Isle of Lewis.  This is where Peter Fletcher’s inspirational Black Bay Studio is located, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Elliott Armen took the ferry from Saint-Malo and then the bus to reach the island’s main town, Stornoway. From there, he began his walk for 200 kilometers through splendid Celtic desert landscapes. After pitching his tent under the stars for twelve days, he arrived at his destination, fully imbued by the island. It was then that he immersed himself in total calm to record this new opus.

Turbulence, released on the 12th January 2024, is a journey through grief, love and solitude. A translation of the great landscapes that run the Celtic lands. A hymn to melancholy as a means to reach joy.

ARMEN – Ar Men “the rock” or “the stone” in the Breton language.