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6 décembre 2014 6 06 /12 /décembre /2014 08:47

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 Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar

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Many themes and directions within this album. Infinite blend of styles. And still harmony, uniqueness and a degree of excellence beyond description. Who else could touch the opening lyrics of Thank You so nonchalantly evocative: “and if the sun refused to shine” brings back not memories from Led Zeppelin era, it brings back an entire bordering universe.

 

 

Everything he pours down turns into something new, without being avant-garde. He’s like a guru achieving the ultimate nirvana and laying upon us his experience acquired through his entire artistic journey. Not a happy album, at least not in depth. But it melts wisdom with sadness in such heartbreaking ways. The album is charming, is magical, is full of bitter sweet search for comfort. It's an album which can dissipate and sooth at the same time.

 

 

It’s so beautiful that it hurts!

 

Musicians

 

Robert Plant – vocals, production

The Sensational Space Shifters (as backing band):

 

Justin Adams – bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals

Liam "Skin" Tyson – banjo, guitar, background vocals.

John Baggott – keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals

Juldeh Camara – kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals

Billy Fuller – bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass

Dave Smith – drum set

Julie Murphy – vocals on "Embrace Another Fall"

Nicola Powell – background vocals on "Poor Howard"

 

tracks:

1.     "Little Maggie"       Traditional, arranged by Robert Plant, Justin Adams, John Baggott, Billy Fuller, Dave Smith, Liam "Skin" Tyson     5:06

2.     "Rainbow"       Plant, Adams, Baggott, Fuller, Tyson     4:18

3.     "Pocketful of Golden"       Plant, Adams, Baggott, Juldeh Camara, Fuller, Smith, Tyson     4:12

4.     "Embrace Another Fall"       Plant, Adams, Baggott, Camara, Fuller, Smith, Tyson     5:52

5.     "Turn It Up"       Plant, Adams, Baggott, Fuller, Smith, Tyson     4:06

6.     "A Stolen Kiss"       Plant, Adams, Baggott, Fuller, Tyson     5:15

7.     "Somebody There"       Plant, Adams, Baggott, Fuller, Smith, Tyson     4:32

8.     "Poor Howard" (‡)     Plant, Adams, Baggott, Camara, Fuller, Smith, Tyson     4:13

9.     "House of Love"       Plant, Adams, Baggott, Fuller, Smith, Tyson     5:07

10.     "Up on the Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur)"       Plant, Adams, Baggott, Fuller, Tyson     4:35

11.     "Arbaden (Maggie's Babby)"       Plant, Adams, Baggott, Camara, Fuller, Smith, Tyson     2:44

 

 

As Rober Plant is an active opponent against the free online music, I couldn't find the Pocketful of Golden anywhere on youtube, but here it is another beautiful track and the first single, Little Maggie:

 

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5 décembre 2014 5 05 /12 /décembre /2014 04:01

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Pink Floyd - The Endless River

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 A recent video overtook all possible reviews to this album and make my own superflous. It’s an interview with David Gilmour and Nick Mason talking about the album, its concept, Rick Wright’s contribution and more. Just some insights here but you can watch the noteworthy 9 minutes of the video below.

 

The Endless River is the first album in 20 years, after The Division Bell and it’s the first album since Richard Wright passed away. It mostly contains material composed during the session of The Division Bells which was mostly recorded in 1993. The plan at that time was to make The Division Bell a double album, half of it with songs and half more ambiental, but the purely instrumental passages remained used.

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More on the concept behind and why this is going to be the last Pink Floyd album:

 

Pink Floyd - Exclusive Amazon Q & A. David and Nick answer questions on ‘The Endless River"

 

 

Tracklist:

1.     Things Left Unsaid     David Gilmour, Wright     4:26

2.     It's What We Do     Gilmour, Wright     6:15

3.     Ebb and Flow     Gilmour, Wright     1:52

4.     Sum     Gilmour, Nick Mason, Wright     4:50

5.     Skins     Gilmour, Mason, Wright     2:32

6.     Unsung     Wright     1:06

7.     Anisina     Gilmour     3:10

8.     The Lost Art of Conversation     Wright     1:43

9.     On Noodle Street     Gilmour, Wright     1:42

10.     Night Light     Gilmour, Wright     1:42

11.     Allons-y (1)     Gilmour     1:56

12.     Autumn '68     Wright     1:37

13.     Allons-y (2)     Gilmour     1:35

14.     Talkin Hawkin'     Gilmour, Wright     3:26

15.     Calling     Gilmour, Anthony Moore     3:38

16.     Eyes to Pearls     Gilmour     1:52

17.     Surfacing     Gilmour     2:47

18.     Louder Than Words     Gilmour, Polly Samson     6:25

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4 décembre 2014 4 04 /12 /décembre /2014 10:27

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 IordacheGarden Beast

 

 Garden Beast is concept album inspired by the nearest natural habitat that urban life may have access to: the backyard. There is a subtle link here, executed with the most candid and valid sense of humor: Mihai Iordache is also a nature lover, taking the civic duty to improve and protect the natural environment very seriously. Therefore, the album summons consideration to most simple natural wonders which surround and brings us joy.

The songs are quite descriptive with melodic solos, keyboard layers and tempered endings. The album title track Garden Beast stands for an excellent choice as opening track, the first expressive sounds of bass are promising an irresistible audition. Captain Rabbit continues at the same note of funky dance grooves. Summer Rain goes deeper into free style with excellent saxophone and guitar solos. My Dog Zorro brings a pleasing bossa-nova feeling while the Pond Reflection is exquisitely evoking an entire brass band.

 

 

 Tracklist:

 

01. Garden Beast (6:27)

02. Captain Rabbit (6:18)

03. Summer Rain (5:42)

04. Spider's Diner (4:03)

05. My Dog Zorro (5:12)

06. Pond Reflections (4:25)

07. Magnolia (6:57)

08. Earthworm (5:16)

 

Recorded at: La Bază Studio in Iaşi, 2014

Artwork: Medicine Madison

 

Musicians:

Mihai Iordache – alto saxophone, vocals (on Magnolia), arrangements

Sebastian Burneci – trumpet

Florian Radu – trombone

Toni Kühn – keyboards, electric guitar on Captain Rabbit

Dan Alex Mitrofan – electric guitar

Uţu Pascu – electric bass

Tavi Scurtu – drums, tambourine

– Special Guest: Sanem Kalfa – lead vocals on Magnolia

 

Read more in our full  ALBUM REVIEW: Iordache – “Garden Beast”or on ALiveReports and Le Blog des critiques de concerts

 

More information and audition: http://iordache.bandcamp.com/album/garden-beast

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2 décembre 2014 2 02 /12 /décembre /2014 13:09

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Best albums of 2014: Swans - To Be Kind

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 There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie. Aeschylus

 

I doubt there were many out there to expect another Swans album just two years after it predecessor, considering that in 2006 a Swans reunion was out of the question. The Seer was a miracle. To Be Kind was a huge wonderful surprise. And a Swans album titled To Be Kind … you need straight away to know what it is about, because undeniably this can’t be taken literally. Gira follows the same musical legacy as on The Seer, with tracks of repetitive rhythms circularly combined as in exorcising ritual, but the repetition is never exactly the same. The lyrics follow the same approach, short phrasing, repetitive, but annihilating any sense established just two words before… an incredible work of finding meaning in nihilism and rupture. By the end of the album, you still don’t know if it was about love, kindness, childhood, bad things or hope. I guess it was about none of these. I guess it was indeed about being lost and found in sound. Reaching the ecstasy, as Gira so often declares.

 

Released: May 12, 2014

 

Genre: Experimental rock

Length 121:12

Label: Young God (Michael Gira)

Producer: Michael Gira

 

FULL MUSICIAN CREDITS:Swans: Michael Gira - vocals, electric and acoustic guitar; Norman Westberg - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals; Phil Puleo - drums, percussion, dulcimer, piano, keys, vocals; Christoph Hahn - lap steel guitars, electric guitar, vocals; Thor Harris - drums / percussion, vibes and bells, wind instruments, handmade viola, vocals; Christopher Pravdica - bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals. Honorary Swan Forever: Bill Rieflin - (on multiple songs throughout the record) drums / percussion, piano, bass, guitar, synths, keyboards. Guest Musicians: Duet with MG on Some Things We Do - Little Annie. Strings and String Arrangement on Some Things We Do - Julia Kent. Background Vocals on Nathalie Neal, Bring the Sun, Screen Shot, Kirsten Supine - St. Vincent (appears courtesy of Loma Vista Recordings). Background vocals on Bring the Sun - Cold Specks (appears courtesy of Mute Artists LTD). Background Vocals on She Loves Us, A Little God in My Hands - Jennifer Church. More Musicians (Dallas): Violin - Daniel Hart; Mandolin - Rex Emerson; Trombone - David Pierce; Trumpet - Evan Weiss; Piano, Harpsichord, Synth - Sean Kirkpatrick; Piano – John Congleton.

 

 

Disc one-

1.     "Screen Shot"           8:04

2.     "Just a Little Boy (for Chester Burnett)"       12:39

3.     "A Little God in My Hands"          7:08

4.     "Bring the Sun" / "Toussaint L'Ouverture"       34:05

5.     "Some Things We Do"          5:0

 

Disc two -

6.     "She Loves Us"        17:00

7.     "Kirsten Supine"        10:32

8.     "Oxygen"           7:59

9.     "Nathalie Neal"        10:14

10.     "To Be Kind"          8:22

 

Concert review: SWANS – public interview and concert @Ancienne Belgique Brussels - 25 September 2014

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1 décembre 2014 1 01 /12 /décembre /2014 13:17

 Warning: this is not a countdown. Not a Top 20.

 

 

 Best albums of 2014:  Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino Mille Plateaux

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A mysterious and étrange artist of Greek-American origins, who was born in Florida, lived in Detroit, moved to Brussels and performs under an Italian alias … His latest album – a double LP – carries the name of a French philosopher’s book. Four chapters of beautiful music which might unconsciously bring back here and there bits of riffs you may think you recognize from your experience as a music aficionado (Secret Chief 3, Mark Lanegan, Mike Patton …). But these prove to be just random neural connections; there is no place for confusion here: with such spatial background and artistic sensitivity, Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino is one of a kind. One should not be discouraged by the length of the record – Valentino’s style is pure invitation of diving into a world where the time stops.  Not the kind of music to put on your mp3 player either. Vinyl is the only choice as changing the records is the only temporal segmentation of the audition. There is probably at least one concept hidden beyond each song. Each new audition brings along new understandings, more nuances, richer, deeper and clearer than the previous. If you plan falling in love with a fine piece of art, here it’s your record. All you need to do is finding a Sunday afternoon. The rest has been exquisitely taken care of.

 

Read more in our full  ALBUM REVIEW: Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino – Mille Plateaux

or on ALiveReports, Le Blog des critiques de concerts, also on Keys and Chords(plus a review in Dutch)

 

  FACE 1

Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino & la Société des Mélancoliques

A1. I Wish We Were Insects [Edinburgh]   

A2. Don't Do Me Any Favours   

A3. Japanese Dream (B.L. Reininger)   

A4. The Gift of Fury   

A5. Mille Plateaux [Brussels]

 

 

 FACE 2 -

"I Won't Betray You" (Hommage à Chuck Berry)

 

 FACE 3

The Astounding 12-String Guitar of Jorge 'el Dovo' Maldonado

C1. Mille Plateaux [Toulouse]   

C2. Nietzschean Love Theme   

C3. I Wish We Were Insects [Amsterdam]

(Featuring Grey Lotus)   

C4. Washed-Out World,

or Holidays in the Colonels' Greece   

C5. Bête Noire

 

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Ο Γιωργος Jesús Παπανικολοπουλος Sings Piero Ciampi

D1. Sobborghi

(P. Ciampi/G. Marchetti)   

D2. Il Vino

(P. Ciampi/G. Marchetti)   

D3. Ha Tutte le Carte in Regola

(P. Ciampi/G. Marchetti)   

D4. Sul Porto di Livorno

(P. Ciampi/G. Marchetti)    

 

Performed by /

 

Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino Voice, 4-, 6- and 12-string guitars, organs, atmospherics

Patrizia F. Bass guitar

Benjamin Meunier Drums, percussion

with Blaine L. Reininger Violin, viola, backing vocals

Luc van Lieshout Trumpet, flugelhorn

and special guest contributions by Alexandre Alquier, Daan Arisz, Jeff F, Gilles Le Guen, Sissy Kotsoni, DC Shell, Todor Stefanov, Joost Verhagen, Lars and Niels van der Weiden, Zack Williams and Richie Wohlfeil.

 

Mostly written and realized by Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino

Recorded at various locations in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Scotland and the United States

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30 novembre 2014 7 30 /11 /novembre /2014 11:53

Warning: this is not a countdown. Not a Top 20.

 

 Jack White - Lazaretto

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Only 2 months after the release, Lazaretto becomes the biggest-selling vinyl album of the year, with 60 000 copies, competing only with Pearl Jam's 'Vitalogy' released 20 years ago.

What it a lazaretto? Our dictionary defines it as an isolation hospital for people with infectious diseases, especially leprosy or plague. And indeed, isolation, unrequited love, madness, diseases and obsession are central themes on the record. But still, it is not a sick sad record, on the contrary, it’s dense, complex, crazy and has the same feeling that everything Jack White touches turns into a state of blues.

Despite the great variety of tracks, there are enough elements to back up the album heaviness and bring its high peaks even higher: powerful piano for increased drama, rural country flavor with violin playing and of course, a vindictive and troubled guitar sound.

 

 

 

No.     Title     Length    
1.     "Three Women"       3:57
2.     "Lazaretto"       3:39
3.     "Temporary Ground"       3:13
4.     "Would You Fight for My Love?"       4:09
5.     "High Ball Stepper"       3:52
6.     "Just One Drink"       2:37
7.     "Alone in My Home"       3:27
8.     "Entitlement"       4:06
9.     "That Black Bat Licorice"       3:50
10.     "I Think I Found the Culprit"       3:49
11.     "Want and Able"     2:34

Released: June 9/10, 2014

 

Genre: Blues rock, garage rock, alternative rock, country rock, folk rock

Length 39:13

Label: Third Man, XL, Columbia

Producer: Jack White

 

 Singles

"Lazaretto"

"Just One Drink"

"Would You Fight for My Love?"

"Alone in My Home"

 

Concert review: Jack White @Forest National, Brussels – 16 November 2014

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17 novembre 2014 1 17 /11 /novembre /2014 12:35

Dans l’oreille de JPROCK :
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Belgique terre de talents. Faut il encore se poser la question tant la réponse est évidente : oui assurément.
Et dans la famille des groupes qui méritent plus qu’une oreille distraite, je vous conseille grandement Romano Nervoso.
Le combo déjanté mené par Giacomo Panarisi nous livre un nouvel album « Born to Boogie « sorti chez Motow Soundz qui sent bon le métal en fusion et la fine cuisine italienne.
Entre culture anglo-saxonne et racines italiennes, Romano Nervoso se pose comme le porte-étendard d’une culture et d’une rébellion saines dans une société où tout fout le camp.
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L’album s’ouvre avec un brûlot incandescent « Vieni Dallo Zio » , trois minutes quatorze de rage et de fureur qui annoncent la reprise toute personnelle du Aline de Christophe rebaptisée « Maria » pour la circonstance et dans une version en italien réellement bluffante.
« Not born in the USA » lorgne vers les Foo Fighters et les Stooges et « Straight out of Walifornia » le bien nommé enfonce le clou avec une rage non contenue.
Ca hurle, ça transpire, ça vous remue les tripes dans tous les sens comme un uppercut !

 


« Psicotico Blues » calme le jeu avec son ambiance moite et sexy sur fond de guitares incandescentes et n’est pas sans rappeler l’excellent Adriano Celentano.
Du grand art.
« The Story « avec son riff punk rock et ses choeurs nous ramène quelques décennies dans le passé en deux minutes vingt quatre montre en main, avant que le remuant et entêtant « Rocking Machine » ne nous fasse mettre un genou à terre

 

C’est puissant et jouissif et on ne peut s’empêcher de remuer à l’écoute d’un tel titre.
Le très stonien « The Man-The Woman » ouvre la porte à un « Under My Skin » étonnant et répétitif avant l’énorme « Pussycat « à l’ambiance rock-psyché presque aérienne et aux guitares bouillonnantes.
Un tout grand titre, mon préféré de l’album.
Dernière ligne droite avec le speedé « Superstars « avant qu’ » In the Name of the Lord » ne nous mette une dernier claque dans la tronche là où ça fait mal.
En résumé « Born to Boogie « se pose en album profession de foi sans concessions et place le groupe sur les rails qui le mèneront sans nul doute vers une plus grande notoriété mille fois méritée.

Romano Nervoso nous a pondu là un album quatre étoiles, alors faites moi plaisir, ne passez pas à côté !

Jean-Pierre Vanderlinden aka JPROCK.

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Belgium: mathieu@next-step.be
Netherlands: mark@googoobookings.com
Other: r.nervoso@gmail.com

Romano Nervoso Press Agent
Laurent Walschot /Urban Invaders
T: 0032 477 404 232 E: laurent@cfn.be

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26 octobre 2014 7 26 /10 /octobre /2014 12:06

Review: IOANA NICA!

 

 

Iordache“Garden Beast”

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The saxophonist Mihai Iordache needs no introduction in Romania. His career as alto sax player is rooted in ‘80s and, since then, he has put his unique sound mark on many releases and live collaboration, either with alternative rock and jazz bands of the Romanian music scene (Timpuri Noi, Sarmalele Reci, Orient Express, Jazz Unit, Kumm) or in national and international festivals and appearances in Romania ( Stufstock, Jazz and More, Green Hours International Jazz Fest, Garana Jazz Fest), in Hungary (with guitarist Eichinger Tibor as a guest) or in Belgium (with Eugene Chadbourne).

 

Since 2003 he is also leading his own band – Iordache, best described as free funk jazz, with whom he has released four album: Friday – featuring Tom Smith (2003), Dissipatin' (2005, reviewed by Eugene Chadbourne for AllMusic), One Life Left (2012) and Garden Beast (2013). The last two have been released at Iordache's own independent music label, Fiver House Records.

 

Garden Beast is concept album inspired by the nearest natural habitat that urban life may have access to: the backyard. There is a subtle link here, executed with the most candid and valid sense of humor: Mihai Iordache is also a nature lover, taking the civic duty to improve and protect the natural environment very seriously. Therefore, the album summons consideration to most simple natural wonders which surround and brings us joy.

Despite the soft sensation of playfulness coming out of Garden Beast, the music is not an invitation to a walk outside the house to see the trees, the flowers and the bees, neither to seek comfortable accommodation for reading a book in quiet. There is a strong feeling of witnessing an independent movie about a living garden and its occupants, where something new happens each day.

 

The album is a band product, with steady themes and switches between lead and supporting instruments. The band is a septet. Besides Mihai Iordache, the brass section brings together the trumpet player Sebastian Burneci and the trombonist Florian Radu. The rhythmic section features Utu Pascu on electric bass and Tavi Scurtu on drums, the guitarist Dan Alex Mitrofan and Toni Kuhn on keyboards. Their music is cinematic, imaginative and animated.

The songs are quite descriptive with melodic solos, keyboard layers and tempered endings. The album title track Garden Beast stands for an excellent choice as opening track, the first expressive sounds of bass are promising an irresistible audition. Captain Rabbit continues at the same note of funky dance grooves. Summer Rain goes deeper into free style with excellent saxophone and guitar solos. My Dog Zorro brings a pleasing bossa-nova feeling while the Pond Reflection is exquisitely evoking an entire brass band.

Nevertheless, Spider’s Dinner, Magnolia and Earthworm are the highlights of the album, with deeper composition techniques. Beautiful tracks with dynamic sudden changes in rhythm and dynamics, syncopation, more free improvisation, and variable solo cadenza.

The only track with vocals, Magnolia is the most contemplative piece from the record, evolving from a soothing voice (the Turkish vocalist Sanem Kalfa as special guest on the album) to trombone and trumpet solos.

The ending track, Earthworm, is quickly becoming a favorite. It kicks off with keyboards and puts together an engaging rhythmic section, saxophone improvisation, trumpet interventions in the most energetic and joyful song ever written about such weird and still fragile creature.

Listening to Garden Beast made me constantly think of Sid Barrett's favorite children's book, The Wind in the Willows, evoking a world with weird but wonderful characters, revealing a sweet universe in continuous danger and change which calls for our care and devotion to be kept forever

 

 

More information and audition: http://iordache.bandcamp.com/album/garden-beast

Musicians:

Mihai Iordache – alto saxophone, vocals (on Magnolia), arrangements

Sebastian Burneci – trumpet

Florian Radu – trombone

Toni Kühn – keyboards, electric guitar on Captain Rabbit

Dan Alex Mitrofan – electric guitar

Uţu Pascu – electric bass

Tavi Scurtu – drums, tambourine

– Special Guest: Sanem Kalfa – lead vocals on Magnolia

 

Recorded at: La Bază Studio in Iaşi

Artwork: Medicine Madison

 

 

Website: http://www.iordache.ro/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iordache.jazz

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7 octobre 2014 2 07 /10 /octobre /2014 06:06

Non, Raymond ne compte pas sur nous pour te fournir l'adresse d'un massage thaï où une jeune fille applique de l'huile  sur son corps, corps  qu'elle utilise ensuite pour répandre le liquide oléagineux sur le tien en s'y frottant sensuellement ... ne rêve pas, mon grand!

 Body to Body est l'enfant de Jason Burtally, un rocker bruxellois qui roule sa bosse sur nos scènes nationales depuis des lustres, on ne va pas te réécrire le Tanakh, on te cite quelques points de repère: les Bumpers et Kung Fu 77, pour s'en tenir à une paire.

L'aventure Body to Body débute en 2012, le projet, initialement solo, passe à la formule trio, se tape  des scènes sombres ( LR6)  ou illustres (le Bota) et, en 2013, sort  un  premier EP (5 titres), supervisé par Luc Crabbe, le David Bowie belge, frontman de Betty Goes Green.

Le line-up change, sont venus et partis, Christophe ( devenu In Heaven), Laetitia , Celine, Joël...

En octobre 2014, Body to Body, c'est: Jason Burtally ( guitar, vocals) - Salvatore ' Sato' Canicatti ( bass,vocals), ex- Dissident, Atomique Deluxe, Foggy Stuff, Last Call Charlie, Mam'zelle Mandarine.... et Serge Meeuwsen ( drums), que tu avais vu lors du concert au Corner en janvier dernier.

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Le onze octobre,  Body to Body sort un nouvel EP, quatre titres, ' Lost and Found'.

 A cette occasion une release party, patronnée par les Soirées Cerises,  aura lieu au Rock Classic!

 

'Lost  and Found', qui donne son titre à l'Extended Play, ouvre.

Une plage mélodique et catchy, mais non dépourvue d'un caractère explosif, brillamment souligné par un drumming  athlétique et un jeu de basse aux saveurs Flea.

Impossible d'écouter cette plage sans secouer le crâne et frapper le sol du talon.

 

'Expiry date'

De l'alternative rock/ power pop  pendant lequel la guitare, tantôt métallique, tantôt funky,  peut compter sur une tapisserie rythmique hyper stylée.

Pour amateurs de Jane's Addiction, Sebadoh, Death Cab for Cutie...

 

'Free Head Kick'

Toujours dominé par la basse vicieuse, un mix de crossover, de funk rock,  avec en demi-teinte un fond punky.

Un cocktail Molotov  de moins de 300 secondes qui secoue sévère.

 

'Longfaces'.

Il ne te faut pas deux écoutes pour scander bruyamment...  I wanna know ... en même temps que Jason and co.

Le titre coup de poing de ce mini LP, du Brit/garage pop qui devrait pouvoir passer sur les ondes.

 

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'Lost &Found': une réussite!

 Pas de doutes à avoir, ça va cogner au Rock Classic ce samedi!

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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 08:29

 Perverted by Language - Boxers.

 

"Le langage littéraire -- expression des désirs cachés, de la vie obscure -- est la perversion du langage", observait Georges Bataille.

Jez Thomas et sa clique l'ont bien compris, comme bien avant eux le petit-neveu de Critias, un certain Platon: 'la perversion de la cité commence par la fraude des mots'.

Alors à quoi sert-il d'analyser le premier full album, 'Boxers'  des Bruxellois menés par un expat, whose surname is widely distributed throughout the country, but especially in Wales, et comptant parmi ses membres un ou deux Bretons, un gars du Lazio et un copain de Zwarte Piet, watte, dat mag niet meer, o k, Roet Piet alors...ça sert à rien, disait Guichard!

 

Comme Jeremy  a gentiment dédicacé la pochette au feutre noir, on le fera tout de même.

'Boxers' est sorti chez Wonderhorse Records.

Recorded by Renaud Houben -mixed and mastered by Fred Hyatt.

La pochette est signée Bibijagua.

Dix plages, all words by Jez - all songs performed, arranged and produced by Perverted by Language, c à d, Jeremy Thomas – vocals/Francesco Carlucci – drums /Ronan Collot – guitar/ Guy Wilssens – guitar und Elise Boënnec – bass!

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'The Box'

 The universe is a box within a box and our solar system a box within a box within a box...dit l'extrait tiré de la  fiction inspired by The Fall.

On est à l'étroit dans une boîte, si tu souffres de claustrophobie, l'angoisse guette et ce n'est pas le fond sonore qui va te rassurer, un post-punk glacé, construit sur un doublé de guitares cinglantes, cf.   John McGeoch ( Magazine, Siouxsie, P I L ), une rythmique lourde et survolant le tout, le baryton inquiétant , de l'adepte contemporain de The Graveyard School of Poetry.

Le ton est donné, il ne sera pas question de gaudriole!

 

'Lost for Words'.

Tous ceux qui glisseront  la galette dans le lecteur risquent bien d'avoir une pensée émue en évoquant Joy Division.

A nouveau le ton est à la désillusion, au désarroi, à l'impression de gâchis ...the writing on the wall is lies and deception

the stories you told are desolation and pain... scande Jez, tandis que basse et guitares assaillent inlassablement tes neurones.

T'appuies sur pause pour décapsuler une Jupiler et aérer la pièce, même le chat s'éclipse dans le jardin!

 

'Elephantine'

A romantic post-punk ballad dans le moule Chameleons whose fans' eyes will get filled with tears of melancholy and joy en pensant au titre 'View from a hill'.

Cette plainte hypnotique et obsédante monte inexorablement vers un climax intense avant de mourir à petit feu.

 

' Amandine'

On suppose que Jeremy était resté coincé au pub et s'envoyait une Newcastle brown ale, car c'est Miss Boënnec qui se chargent des vocals, posés et limpides sur fond de guitares ciselées.

Et c'est qui, Amandine?

Fieu, j'ai lu et relu les lyrics pondus par le confrère de Dylan Thomas, rien, j'ai pigé, que dalle, j'ai compris.

Amandine, c'est un mirage, une illusion, un songe... je crois que je l'aime déjà!

 

'The Beach'

Monsieur Thomas se la joue Léon Spilliaert .

Errances nocturnes dans la cité balnéaire au long des plages, plus une pointe de voyeurisme à la Patrick Coutin - 'J'aime regarder les filles', 'The Beach' déménage, cogne, ébranle  et offre un potentiel radiophonique évident, euh, c'est pas une insulte!

 

''The Idealist'

Jules dit Interpol, Fernand avance Suede, Gaspard opte pour The Smiths, nous on sait que le band préféré de sir Thomas c'est Status Quo!

Cet idéaliste n'a pas encore tout à fait enfoui  ses rêves au fond d'un sombre cercueil, la plage affiche une certaine forme d'optimisme, incongrue pour tout pratiquant d'un post-punk pur et dur.

Du Perverted by Language harmonieux!

 

' All of my mother's favourite nightmares'

Une question Jez, pourquoi sur la pochette du disque tu vires amerloque?

Favorite, honor, armor, rumor, color ...quelle horreur, de quoi se taper un cauchemar!

Un midtempo contemplatif, beau comme a cloudscape de Joseph Mallord William Turner.

 

'Perverted by language'

Que lis-je dans tes yeux?

Des mensonges qui éclaboussent.

Tu veux une adaptation glacée, acérée, razorblade de 'Paroles, paroles' du duo improbable Delon/Dalida, écoute 'Perverted by Language'.

Pas de caramels, ni de bonbons, ni de chocolat, ni d'étoiles sur les dunes, mais des épines sans roses, un simulacre d'affection sur nappé de guitares métalliques et une voix qui braille en vain pour  appeler une délivrance qui ne viendra pas. 

Le cri noir  du désespoir!

 

'Medication'  

Une plage lente, obsédante, dominée par des guitares noisy.

Un fade parfum de mort règne dans la pièce verrouillée... Marilyn, c'est quoi tous ces flacons vides gisant au pied du lit?


'Pewter eyes'

Simon, t'en penses quoi?

Read my book, pal,  I wrote that the comparisons with the English Romantic poets, such as Shelley or Byron, are obvious.

Simon, quelle Shelley, celle qui joue dans Charlie's Angels?

Tu insinues donc que Perverted by Language fait partie de cette caste sanctifiant le romantisme noir, l'esthétique gothique...

 I peel the skin off your body

Looking for the truth within

I find nothing you're so shallow

Nothing left but withered skin...

C'est pas ...

 They're dancing under the moonlight

Astaire, Sinatra, Kelly

So stylish, good looking and classy...

( 'Cha Cha' - My Little Cheap Dictaphone).

Effectivement, c'est la raison pour laquelle  Perverted by Language ne passe pas à Pure FM et n'est jamais programmé à l'AB...

 

 

Au lieu d'acheter le dernier White Lies, branche-toi sur Perverted by Language!

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