" 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." The Independent
Oh Comely Magazine, 2018:
"Since she was a baby, her 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. She uses a choir of voices from her five-strong band, including two on stage as backing vocalists to bolster her delicate storytelling. "
In 2016 Pitou released her self-titled debut EP, made an appearance on Dutch television and played gigs throughout the Netherlands.
In 2018 she released her second EP, titled 'I Fall Asleep So Fast', which received raving reviews from The Independent, 3voor12, Gigwise, and got multiple tracks played by BBC1 and BBC6music, as well as playing a live session for Marc Riley's BBC6 music show.
She played The Great Escape (UK), MAMA Festival (FR) and Best Kept Secret (NL), and clubshows in Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
She is confirmed to play Eurosonic 2019.
Pitou on ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’: “I doze off so quickly. When this happens, my mind closes herself off to any wonder or inspiration the world could’ve unlocked in her. This slumber continues until she is woken up by a song, a conversation, a view. It is always only after I’ve woken that I realize I was asleep. Sometimes I fear that one day I will wake up, and years will have passed. These songs were alarm clocks I set for myself, playing them will hopefully wake me up every time.”
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. - Guy Garvey (Elbow/BBC6)
Rising Dutch star Pitou is absolutely sensational, layering harmonies with her two backing singers that one can only soak up and applaud. - Clash magazine
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. - Gigwise
One of the most arresting voices to emerge, Amsterdam-born artist Pitou has earned comparisons to singers such as Laura Marling and Julia Holter thanks to her intelligent brand of folk-pop. - The Independent
Capturing an intellectual restlessness within her indie-folk songwriting, it’s the marriage of the two that makes Pitou such a spellbinding prospect.
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.