Raised by her eccentric grandmother in an old Brunswick home similar to the Grey Gardens Mansion, Raquel Solier emerged from boxes of worn VHS tapes and empty milk cartons to become Fatti Frances, experimental RnB artist.
As a drummer for art punk bands Jemima Jemima and Oh! Belgium, indie bands The Ancients and Jessica Says, and even country outfit Nathan Hollywood, Solier has strong roots in the Melbourne music scene. After relocating to Berlin with Jemima Jemima and touring Europe and Asia playing drums for Jens Lekman, sharing stages with such luminaries as Joanna Newsom, A.I.R and Sally Seltmann, Raquel took time off in Brooklyn. There she found the inspiration to take the plunge on an idea she'd long toyed with, combining her love of chart topping RnB artists such as Missy Elliott, Aaliyah and Beyonce with the dark, melodic songwriting of Scott Walker and Karen Carpenter.
Back in Melbourne, she surrounded herself with drum machines, synthesizers and samplers to produce her debut self titled album to be released in June 2011.
The record cover was inspired by jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott’s 1969 album ‘The Source’ replacing the disco femme with a confronting manifestation of herself into her eccentric grandmother.
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