"I am not their product/Beauty, preciousness/They can't change me," sings Hungarian singer/songwriter Boggie (her given name is Csemer Boglarka) on her breakout hit "Nouveau Parfum." In the video, Boggie sings the subversive lyrics about the darker side of beauty culture while undergoing extensive retouching. Don't let the whimsical name fool you, Boggie is serious about music, culture, and the politics of making art.
Boggie grew up with a deep love and passion for classical music. She performed regularly at folk festivals around Hungary and eventually enrolled in the, now shuttered, Music School of Csepel, to study jazz singing. Her early studies put her on a path to study with a range of well-known European music teachers who helped shape her sound and style.
Drawing on her classical and jazz roots, Boggie mixes pop sensibilities reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson with the kind of smokey, throaty vocals similar to Nora Jones. Her first full-length disc, Csemer Boglarka: Boggie features tunes sung in English and in French and cover a range of subjects from love and longing to the already mentioned political comment on women and the beauty industry.
Check out "Nouveau Parfume," and be sure to check out all the grooves on I AM THAT GIRL's Music Monday's playlist, updated each week!
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