"Oak Leaf" is the new album of the french singer-songwriter Raoul Vignal. From 2010 to this day, the french musician has been playing authentic, modern folk music. Forming the essence of his compositions, soothing vocals and delicate fingerpicking played on alternate tunings are Vignal's trademark. His music has often been described by audience as "evocative" and "mesmering". These tender guitar riffs and this calming singing have never left our mind. Acclaimed by critics, warmly embraced by the audience, this opus celebrates the young musician and brings him in the sensitive songwriters’ circle.
After releasing his debut "The Silver Veil" (“the softest of voices with an album of gold”, Higher Pain Music) on the french label Talitres, Raoul Vignal toured all over Europe, playing shows and festivals such as Eurosonic in The Netherlands, Le Printemps de Bourges, Les Nuits de Fourvière in France, to name a few.
Shortly after, he entered the studio with his touring bandmates and recorded "Oak Leaf", a more 'mature' and orchestrated full-lenght. If the compositions remained is own, the arrangements were more of a collaboration between everyone involved in the band.
Surrounded by his musicians from the tour and other treasured guests, with this news long-format, the musician offers a music more orchestrated and mature while maintaining a level of intimacy characteristic of his own musical universe.
It is a kind of serenity, a new assertiveness that we feel listening to these 10 songs. Admittedly, a gentle melancholy, but between the lines, throughout the words, a redeeming wisdom and inner strength.