Melody Gardot and Philippe Powell pair up for duo album Entre eux deux

Vocalist Melody Gardot is joined by French-Brazilian composer and pianist Philippe Powell for her sixth studio album Entre eux deux.

This is Gardot’s first duo album, and the first time she has invited someone else to take her usual place on the piano.

Entre eux deux takes a minimalist approach to its 10-song track listing, utilizing a sparse sonic palette comprising only Gardot’s vocals and Powell’s piano. It’s described as a meticulously crafted, minimalistic album showcasing Gardot’s vocal ability and Powell’s emotive piano style, coming together like a deep conversation between two longtime friends.

“If I had to sum up the record in a few words, I’d say this record is a dance between two people who love and value the same things: deep poetry and solid melodies,” explains Gardot. “The title Entre eux deux (loosely translated as “between us two”) stands true — it is a peek into the world of two artists who just really dig each other … we hope you dig it, too.”

The pair have already shared a music video for the intimate, sensual single This Foolish Heart Could Love You, directed by Beki Mari and curated in partnership with the Musée Rodin in Paris. You can watch it below.

The conception of Entre eux deux was quite brief as the pair challenged themselves to create on a very tight schedule. As they came together for only two weeks, Gardot and Powell spent all hours of the day writing, sharing and developing melodies, motifs and lyrics.

Although all of the songs on the album are original compositions, the duo makes sure to pay homage to the past. Both artists carry forward the Franco-Brazilian torch that was lit long ago by celebrated artists such as Pierre Barouh, Vinicius de Moraes and Philippe Powell’s father, the guitarist and composer Baden Powell.

“This record is the most wonderful gift a pianist-composer could ever dream of,” Powell adds. “To write and perform in duo with one of the great artists of our time is the greatest musical experience I have ever had. I am profoundly grateful to Melody, for her love, her trust, her guidance, for bringing out the best within me, and for tireless efforts, and countless hours of hard work to produce this beautiful record.”

Here’s the track listing:

  1. This Foolish Heart Could Love You
  2. What of Your Eyes
  3. Plus Fort Que Nous
  4. À La Tour Eiffel
  5. Samba Em Prelúdio
  6. Perhaps You’ll Wonder Why
  7. Recitativo
  8. Ode to Every Man
  9. Darling Fare Thee Well

Melody Gardot and Phillipe Powell’s Entre eux deux will be released May 20 on Decca Records.