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De la trajectoire de Broken Back (alias Jérôme Fagnet), on pourrait tirer un scénario écrit à la façon d’un film de boxe. L’histoire d’un jeune homme engagé dans une voie professionnelle royale, puis qui physiquement s’effondre, trouve son salut dans la musique et, à travers elle, embrasse un large succès. Point de bascule de cet itinéraire rêvé : Broken Back, premier album éponyme où se content les coups du sort, la résilience et le bonheur recouvré.

En 2015 et la publication du EP Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy, le Breton affolait déjà les compteurs. Elégant, efficace, enluminé, son art joué entre pop-alternative et deep-pop faisait alors aussitôt craquer les médias, s’emballer les festivals (Solidays, Francofolies...) et s’ouvrir parmi les scènes hexagonales les plus prisées (Trianon, Café de la Danse...).

Résultat : les titres “Happiest Man on Earth” et “Halcyon Birds” fédéraient les fans et, jouissant d’un puissant effet viral, alignaient les vues par million sur la toile. On aurait imaginé pire destinée pour un artiste trois ans plus tôt rivé à son lit, le moral en berne et le dos démoli...

L’histoire est la suivante : celle d’un garçon doué et tête bien faite, qui se destine d’abord pleinement à l’entreprenariat. Et qui ne s’économise pas. Le jour, on le voit qui poursuit ses études au sein d’une grande école de commerce. Le soir, le même dirige de front ses start-ups. Et puis à vingt-deux ans le dos n’en peut soudain plus. Et lâche.
Bilan : va pour une convalescence prolongée.

Mais fixer le plafond : pas le genre de cet hyperactif. Alors Jérôme ressort d’un placard une vieille guitare en nylon. Ses classes au conservatoire sont loin, alors. Tout comme ces années passées à étudier le tuba, son premier instrument. Pour autant, la musique ne l’a jamais quitté. Alors il s’essaye à des covers (“Skinny Love” de Bon Iver), puis enregistre ses propres titres sur Logic. Broken Back naît là, héritier naturel de Chet Faker ou Hozier.
Et enfant d’un drame personnel devenu seconde chance.
“Le malheur est le père du bonheur de demain”, aime à répéter l’intéressé, citant Albert Cohen. “L’idée est que dans toute expérience malheureuse, il y a une part de bonheur collatéral. Celle-ci sera plus ou moins importante si l’on embrasse cette conception ou pas.” Une philosophie chez lui devenue moteur.

Page Soundcloud, profil Facebook, posts de titres fraîchement maquettés. En quelques mois, Broken Back fait le buzz sur la toile. Repéré par des blogs et des DJs influents (Klingande, Synapson), son improbable succès force bientôt Jérôme à un choix crucial. Poursuive son aventure musicale ? Ou retourner aux affaires à l’instant où se bousculent levées
de fonds et “business angels” ?

On connaît la suite : retour chez lui à Saint-Malo, semaines passées à sublimer les titres “Mild Blood” ou “Young Souls”, et publication d’un premier EP autoproduit d’une franche beauté. Solaire et entêtant, mélancolique et obsédant, Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy offre ses tableaux flamboyant portés par une voix comme il n’en existe peut-être qu’une par génération. Tendre, éraillée, fragile, mais bourrée du désir de dire le bonheur reconquis.

Depuis, passé les scènes partagées avec Synapson, Jain ou Milky Chance, l’enfant de Saint-Malo s’est astreint chez lui à l’écriture d’un premier album mixé par les Skydancers. Saillies folk et dynamique house, charme artisanal et efficacité 2.0, ce grand disque clair, composé en solitaire, se joue à nouveau des territoires et des genres, mêlant dans un même geste intime et global, homemade et excellence, sérénité et grand frisson.

C’est “Excuses”, réflexion sur l’amitié faite amour. “Halcyon Birds”, chef-d’œuvre pop contant une relation à qui s’offre une seconde chance. C’est le diptyque “Better Run” et “Got To Go” où se dit la trajectoire d’un homme aimable rêvant d’être un bad boy, et rejoignant les enfers afin d’y sceller un pacte avec le diable. “Lady Bitterness” fable moderne où l’amer- tume fascine, et se fait addiction, puis poison. Plus loin, le tube “Happiest Man on Earth”, les multiples interprétations qu’il suppose et la question franche qu’il pose : “qui est l’homme le plus heureux du monde ?” C’est encore “Seven Words”, fable légère où un Don Juan moderne tombe amoureux de sa maîtresse. “Young Souls” et ses regrets
d’une insouciance propre à l’enfance. Enfin “Modern Tale” où l’infidélité entre homme et femme est soumise à la question.

De l’espace, du soleil, l’immensité des panoramas et le juste regard porté sur le quotidien ou l’éphémère : le legs offert par Broken Back à son époque. Le présent est à la déprime et à la crainte d’autres jours sombres ? L’artiste panse les plaies ou rassure et, guitare en main, un beat soyeux portant ses récits, dit l’espoir et la joie, révélant du ciel là où auparavant ne dominait que du gris.

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Track Name: Halcyon Birds
Once we sailed across the seas
Yet some doubts tainted winds blew
Once our tale you believed in
Yet these doubts have drowned your soul

Man plans and god laughs
This is what I've learnt from you
Once we stood just like two halves
Yet these doubts have drowned your soul

I wonder will we be
Up to the legend once we heard
I wonder if we will see
Each other flying as two halcyon birds

For a while, I thought you were lost
In the depths where lovers meet
One last smile and fingers crossed
Is how you left the lovers seat

I wonder will we be
Up to the legend once we heard
I wonder if we will see
Each other flying as two halcyon birds

I've tried to make them burn and let them all fade away
Yet these memories remain, stuck in my bones and my brain
I've tried to make them burn and let them all fade away
Yet these memories remain, stuck in my bones and my brain

I wonder will we be
Up to the legend once we heard
I wonder if we will see
Each other flying as two halcyon birds
Track Name: Excuses
I'll choose each word carefully
Because I need to write it down
I know you've never lied to me
And deserve to know what's in my mind

My turn to tell you what I think
Listen to what I'm singing
All of the lines I'm gonna write
Are silently blasting in my mind

We tried, I failed
Even if I can't give you
What you want, I want you to know
That I'll (for)ever ever love you
We tried, I failed
I perfectly know that I hurt you
All those tears were my shame
But I'll (for)ever ever love you
But I'll (for)ever ever love you

But I'll (for)ever ever love you

When we first kissed, I was lost
I'm not saying I didn't want
But now I know how I hurt you
I can't help thinking that I did wrong
Track Name: Better Run
Deep down from the darkness
Rose a man, he was out of control
In his eyes the spark
That blows in flames his corrupted soul

I shook hands with the devil he said
Posing in the living room
I should make up for lost time he said
You know you should be leaving soon

You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run, I count to three

You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run, I count to three

Hold my hand and come don't be a fool
I'll take you home
Not just anyone can become bad
Can do some harm

I shook hands with the devil he said
Posing in the living room
I should make up for lost time he said
You know you should be leaving soon

You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run, I count to three

You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run run run, I count to three

You'd better run run run away from me
You'd better run
You'd better run run run away from me
Track Name: Broken back - Lady Bitterness
I can hear her whispers in my ears
Feel her breath grow stronger by the years
Is she crying, yes long time no see

I haven't missed you dear
Why are you calling me?

Lost in the light of your eyes
Keep failing but it's no surprise
I need to resist but I can't let go

Feel the anger
Growing stronger
Careless wishes
Always leads me to you
Always leads me to you

Always leads me to you
Always leads me to you
I've been waiting for you
I've been waiting for you
My Lady Bitterness

Are you here for irony and pain
Licking old wounds, are you not my friend?
Now you're trying, trying to blacken me
I haven't missed you dear
Why are you calling me?

Lost in the light of your eyes
Keep failing but it's no surprise
I need to resist but I can't let go

Feel the anger
Growing stronger
Careless wishes
Always leads me to you
Always leads me to you

Always leads me to you
Always leads me to you
I've been waiting for you
I've been waiting for you
My Lady Bitterness

Lost in the light of your eyes
Keep failing but it's no surprise
I need to resist but I can't let go

Feel the anger
Growing stronger
Careless wishes
Always leads me to you
Always leads me to you

Always leads me to you
Always leads me to you
I've been waiting for you
I've been waiting for you
My Lady Bitterness
Track Name: Happiest Man On Earth
I'll make it quick for you to know
Splashing my feelings is not where I'm the best at
I've never told you many things that I should
The words are on my lips, it's time to tell you the truth
I'll make it quick for you to know
Splashing my feelings is not where I'm the best at
I've never told you many things that I should

The words are on my lips, it's time to tell you the truth
I belong to the roads now
Coming home to my old town
This pretty smile on this pretty face
I think I am the happiest man on earth
I belong to the roads now
Coming home to my old town

This pretty smile on this pretty face
I think I am the happiest man on earth
I think I am the happiest man on earth
I think I am the happiest man on earth

I think I am the happiest man on earth
I think I am the happiest man on earth
Will you let me empty
The pain in your eyes

The chain in your heart
I'm gonna break it with my arms
Whenever you feel sad
In times of dark days

Going through a bad patch
Please come and take my hand
I care too much about you
To let you get drown
I'll always stay around
Whenever you hit the ground
I belong to the roads now

Coming home to my old town
This pretty smile on this pretty face
I think I am the happiest man on earth
I belong to the roads now

Coming home to my old town
This pretty smile on this pretty face
I think I am the happiest man on earth
I think I am the happiest man on earth

I think I am the happiest man on earth
I think I am the happiest man on earth
I think I am the happiest man on earth
Will you let me empty

The pain in your eyes
The chain in your heart
I'm gonna break it with my arms
Whenever you feel sad
In times of dark days
Going through a bad patch
Please come and take my hand
I care too much about you
To let you get drown
I'll always stay around
Whenever you hit the ground
I belong to the roads now
Coming home to my old town
This pretty smile on this pretty face
I think I am the happiest man on earth
I belong to the roads now
Coming home to my old town
This pretty smile on this pretty face

I think I am the happiest man on earth
I think I am the happiest man on earth
I think I am the happiest man on earth
I think I am the happiest man on earth
Track Name: Say
Walking in this sweet and sour rain
Staring at the ocean with no end
I wtach the sea, the sand and rockers
Thinking about what
I should have told them before
From the very beginning
You are here with my dreams
Mu hopes and all my tears
I know I owe you everything
That matters to me to let you know what I...

I think I have something to say
Just a few words beneath my lips
I'll sing it each time on my way
'Cause there is a truth I wanna strip
Hey you've always been here
Anytime I needed you
You did allay all fears
That's why I wanna sing for you

I know it could have been difficult there
Silently crying where there was once despair
I watched this bunch of faded flowers
Painful vision and painful hearts
But memores now, and memories die
Please, let them burn and let them fly
I wish I had done it before
That matters to me to let you know what I...
Track Name: Seven Words
Hey ya, I heard you sing the song
We used to endless play
When we were cloud nine Wouhouu


Seven words that made him change his mind
Seven words for you to left him behind
With simple pleasures just to keep him blind
He should think about it, He should think about it

Hey ya, I heard you sing the song
We used to endless play
When we were cloud nine Wouhouu

It took a kiss to make it happen
It took some fun to make it real
After some nights he said "Well listen"
"No feelings, just fun, is that clear? " Hey ya, I heard you sing the song
We used to endless play
When we were cloud nine It took a thought to make him weak and
In the morning she used to leave fast
After two weeks he said, "Listen"
"Would you stay here for the breakfast? "

He was cursed, no doubt felt weaker
And couldn't believe it was real
After two months he said "Listen"
"I got to tell you how I feel"

She has waited for this lesson
And to make her crystal clear
With a smile she said "Well listen"
"No feelings, just fun, is that clear? "

Hey ya, I heard you sing the song
We used to endless play
When we were cloud nine
Track Name: Got To Go
You seem lost into this darkness
Trying to move along, fearing to die alone
Tell me "pure one", what are you here for ?
You stand in Hell here, you'd better disappear
No, I came to this interview's door
'Cause I'm tired to pray, and I'm dying to play
Oh, be welcome at the devil's floor
He'd like to hear you say, we'd like to hear you say :

I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone

Come closer and take a seat please
I see the spark in you, the one that burns in few
Some may beg you on their knees, boy
Don't let them stop you, don't let them stop you
"No my hands will never shake", he swore
'Cause I'm tired to pray, and I'm dying to play
Oh, be welcome at the devil's floor
He'd like to hear you say, we'd like to hear you say :

I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
I've got to go for a ride
Through the devil's eyes
Tell them I'm on the run,
On the deadly sins road, all alone
Track Name: Young Souls
We're walking through the lands,
Pure souls and dreams ahead
Tell the world here we are

(Hey!)

A thousand miles away
We've traveled to, so far to play
We've put our fears aside,
A thousand miles away from home

(Hey!)

We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day,
Tell them we are, tell them we are,
We're on the way

We won't stop, we won't stop growing everyday
Tell them we are, tell them we are,
We're on the way

We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day,
Tell them we are, tell them we are,
We're on the way

We're walking through the lands,
Pure souls and dreams ahead
Tell the world here we are

Romantic adventurers we seek to discover
What the world has to hide

A thousand miles away
We've traveled to, so far to play,
We've put our fears aside

A thousand miles away
We've traveled to, so far to play,
We've come to sing out loud
A thousand miles away from home

We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day,
Tell them we are, tell them we are
We're on the way

We won't stop, we won't stop growing everyday
Tell them we are, tell them we are,
We're on the way
We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day,
Tell them we are, tell them we are,
We're on the way

We won't stop, we won't stop growing everyday
Tell them we are, tell them we are,
We're on the way
Track Name: Modern Tale
Here's a big bad wolf
In this jungle, unchained
Who bares his fangs
As he hunts game fowl
The sweat fogs his sight
And control breaks down
Voices crack and sobbing strats
"Surrendre yourself, (yeah) body and soul
And overwhelm all your senses"
The shudder moves through this body, strained
Voices crack and the sobbing starts
The slopes is steep
No escape for it
The wolf is trapped
The wolf is trapped
And who could have changed the bad wolf
Sure he's lost his mind, he's lost his mind
It's always the same with the bad wolf
It's a matter of time before he picks someone up
The charming creature, a few steps away
Strats moving slowly to the wolf and says
"What sharp fangs you have, Mister Big Bad Wolf"
"All the better, to eat you with"
"What deep eyes you have Mister Big Bad Wolf"
"All the better, to haunt yours with"
She has cast her spell, once again he failed
Voices crack and the sobbing starts
She has cast her spell, once again he failed
The wolf is trappd
The wolf is trapped
And who could have changed the bad wolf
Sure he's lost his mind, he's lost his mind
It's always the same with the bad wolf
It's a matter of time before he picks someone up
Here's a big bad wolf
In this jungle, unchained
Who bares his fangs
As he hunts game fowl
The sweat fogs his sight
And control breaks down
Voices crack and sobbing strats
"Surrendre yourself, (yeah) body and soul
And overwhelm all your senses"
The shudder moves through this body, strained
Voices crack and the sobbing starts
The slopes is steep
No escape for it
The wolf is trapped
The wolf is trapped
And who could have changed the bad wolf
Sure he's lost his mind, he's lost his mind
It's always the same with the bad wolf
It's a matter of time before he picks someone up