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For French singer Camille, music is much more than just the meaning of the words

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French singer Camille has a new album titled "Oui."

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Patrick Messina

"All voices are welcome in this world, you know. All experiments. I can't criticize anyone's voice, 'cuz people's voices are their soul. So how can you criticize one's soul?" 

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That's what French singer Camille has to say about the unique voice of Yoko Ono. And you could say the same thing to describe Camille's. Hers is a subdued voice that can soon break out into a guttural cry, especially in the song "Twix." And yes, the song is about the candy bar. 

Camille's latest is album is titled "Oui." There's texture and wordplay. And you may not always understand what Camille is singing about, but she's OK with that.

"I always have in mind that music is much more than about the meaning of the words ... I really work on the way French language sounds. To me words are a lot about vibration," she explains. "And even if you don't understand the meaning, that vibration should touch you."

One way Camille worked to get the "vibration" just right in her recent songs was to record the album in a 14th-century monastery in the south of France.

"It's a place full of light and full of life. And at the same time it's very ancient, so it's a very deep and powerful place," she says. 

One room was reserved for drums and lead vocals, while the chapel was used to create all the other vocal layers. The result is a something that is primative and classical, yet modern and electronic.

To hear more about how Camille creates her music, listen to the interview above.