Émilie Simon is a French singer and composer of electronic music, and Mon Chevalier is lifted from from her fifth album, Franky Knight, which soundtracks the upcoming movie Delicacy. The last time Émilie composed a soundtrack she had an icy continent in mind. It was the score for The March of the Penguins and her lilting electronic score accompanied Antarctica's Emperor Penguins on their journey through a breeding season: battling fierce storms, starvation and attacks from predatory birds. A tale of extraordinary devotion and beauty, it went on to win a host of accolades, and her score was nominated for a prestigious Cesar award.
Now her second soundtrack, Franky Knight, arrives in the shape of something far more personal. The haunting voice is still there, so too the melancholy and solitude between the plinking of strings, xylophones and piano keys. But the gravity of the album stems from a personal experience of love and loss; what began as a private musical diary to mourn the loss of a loved one has since grown into an album that celebrates the fever, madness, passion and joy of being in love. Sadness is itself an icy continent, but like the penguins, Simon finds warmth in the most inhospitable of places