Félicia Atkinson

Represented Worldwide

For Félicia Atkinson, human voices inhabit an ecology alongside and within many other things that don’t speak, in the conventional sense: landscapes, images, books, memories, ideas. The French electro-acoustic composer and visual artist makes music that animates these other possible voices in conversation with her own, collaging field recording, MIDI instrumentation, and snippets of essayistic language in both French and English. Her own voice, always shifting to make space, might whisper from the corner or assume another character’s tone. Atkinson uses composing as a way to process imaginative and creative life, frequently engaging with the work of visual artists, filmmakers, and novelists. Her layered compositions tell stories that alternately stretch and fold time and place, stories in which she is the narrator but not the protagonist.

Atkinson lives on the wild coast of Normany and has played music since the early 2000s. She has released many records and a novel on Shelter Press, the label and publisher she co-runs with Bartolomé Sanson. She has collaborated with musicians including Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Chris Watson, Christina Vantzou, and Stephen O’Malley, and with ensembles including Eklekto (Geneva) and Neon (Oslo). She has performed at venues and festivals including INA GRM/Maison de la Radio and the Philharmonie (Paris), Issue Project Room (NYC), the Barbican Center (London), Le Guess Who (Utrecht), Atonal (Berlin), Henie Onstad (Oslo), Unsound (Krakow), and Skanu Mesz (Riga). Her work has been commissioned by filmmakers (Ben Rivers, Chivas de Vinck) and fashion houses (Prada, Burberry). She has exhibited in museums, galleries, and biennials including RIBOCA Biennale (Riga), Overgaden (Copenhagen), BOZAR (Brussels), Espace Paul Ricard (Paris), and MUCA ROMA (Mexico City).


2022 – Image Language [Shelter Press]
2021 – Un hiver en plein été w/ Jefre Cantu-Ledesma [Shelter Press]
2021 – Echo [Shelter Press]
2020 – Everything Evaporate [Shelter Press]
2019 – The Flower And The Vessel [Shelter Press]
2018 – Limpid As The Solitudes w/ Jefre Cantu-Ledesma [Shelter Press]
2018 – Coyotes [Geographic North]
2017 – Hand In Hand [Shelter Press]
2015 – A Readymade Ceremony [Shelter Press]
2013 – Visions / Voices [Umor Rex]
2011 – With Her Own Hands [Shelter Press]

Pitchfork – Image Language Review
Boomkat – Image Language Review
The Quietus – Image Language Review
Loud & Quiet – Image Language Review
Crack Mag – Image Language Review
Liberation (FR) – Image Language Review
Resident Advisor podcast
L’Expérimentale podcast (France Musique)
NPR Music’s Top 10 Albums Of July
Resident Advisor – The Flower And The Vessel Review
Bandcamp – The Best New Ambient on Bandcamp: July 2019
Pitchfork – The Flower and the Vessel Review
The Guardian – Contemporary Album of the Month
The Quietus – Rockfort! French Music For June Reviewed By David McKenna
FACT – Announcement The Flower And The Vessel
Tiny Mix Tapes – Announcement The Flower & The Vessel