How do the French do it? I've written before of my love of the superb Yann Tiersen soundtrack for the motion picture 'Amelie' and now, although supposedly its old news, I've discovered the equally fantastic and frustratingly cool 'Anis'!
A fittingly romantic chance encounter meant that Anis was discovered on the metro and asked to record a demo which did very well! His sound is described on spotify as folk-jazz which is probably as great a description as anything I could have dreamt up, there's also elements of ska thrown in there. His compositions are simple and sound best stripped down to just him and his guitar but he often adds in some fantastic other instrumental parts such as a meandering clarinet part in the fantastic opener for his first album 'La Chance'.
I can't be sure how well he's doing because La chance was released in 2005 and then his follow up in 2008 but I haven't heard much about him in the press or anything but he's signed to EMI so for a jazz musician he seems to be flying. Unfortunately, maybe because of this fact, the second album seems a lot more forced to me and isn't anywhere near as jazz orientated as the beautiful first record. I'll leave the spotify link below and its definitely worth a listen.