It's not just an extraordinary vocal performance, it's the details in the lyrics. You can follow it like a conversation, despite it being very detailed. That doesn't usually happen. This has come from somewhere very instinctual. It's really stunning.
Regimented but gentle. Mechanical but empathic. Like Tinkerbell serenading you from the far side of a wormhole, or an archangel contemplating eternity in some heavenly hall of mirrors.
Amsterdam-born artist Pitou has one of the most arresting voices to emerge from this year, drawing comparisons to the likes of Laura Marling and Julia Holter, crafting intelligent folk-pop that balances the darkness and light of human emotion."
biography [excerpt Oh Comely magazine]
"Since she was a baby, Pitou's (her actual first name) parents were regularly travelling to places such as Cameroon and India, with her and her sister in tow. Each year, they would head back to The Netherlands carrying cassette tapes filled with the sounds they had picked up on their overland adventures.
Despite her early introduction to more worldly sounds, it was an entirely different genre of music that shaped Pitou's songwriting craft. She started to develop an unexplainable interest in classical music from a very young age. Her father would often find her crouched down by the radio, scrolling through stations. From the age of 9, Pitou sang in a children’s choir. She performed at the baptism of Catharina-Amalia, the Princess of the Netherlands, singing the Matthaus Passion.
At the relatively late age of eighteen Pitou discovered pop, rock and the guitar - the songs came quickly after, carrying influences from her classical past and her travels."
Pitou came into the public eye in 2016 with her eponymous mini-album 'Pitou'. In 2018 she released her second mini-album 'I Fall Asleep So Fast', after which she toured Europe & the UK with her band.
In 2019 she initiated the improvisation-project 'Lost Lines', a collaboration with Frank Wienk (Binkbeats) and Mischa Porte (drummer band Pitou), improvisations based on the unused lines of well-known Dutch and Belgian writers. Pitou is currently working on her full-length debut album.
Sometimes, the best music is created from the barest of elements. Not many are capable of such simplicity, but rising Dutch artist Pitou is; just a few haunting notes are enough to convince that she’s a star in waiting, possessor of a rare voice and extraordinary songcraft.