The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist forms part of a gentle continental shift towards wistful, experimental folk and kitchen sink pop, as illustrated by Parisian peers We Were Evergreen, Carton Sonore and Belgian duo Soy Un Caballo.
Channelling the warmth of Sean O’Hagan’s High Llamas with the electronic depth of Stereolab and the songwriting simplicity of Feist, Paulina creates fanciful new-wave pop brimming with personal observations and knowing conclusions.
Although her solo project is still relatively unknown over here, with a handful of switched-on DJs and journos from BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, Amazing Radio and The Line of Best Fit showing her music some love, Paulina’s voice will be familiar to many through her work with US alt-rockers The National.
She appeared on the band’s lauded 2007 album Boxer and has since worked with their producer Craig Silvey (Anna Calvi, Arcade Fire, Portishead) on her own sophomore set Parades.
Due for release on 6 October through Believe Recordings, the album succinctly lays out Paulina’s stall as one of the French capital’s most alluring new songwriters.
We were lucky enough to catch Paulina and her playing partner Olivier last time they were in London, where we recorded this exclusive stripped back version of their track Ta Peau.
Catch her live at Hoxton Bar and Grill on 13 November.