May 3, 2014

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots (XL Recordings)

You probably know everything about this one already, as it got some much deserved airtime everywhere. Still, I had to mention Damon Albarn first solo LP Everyday Robots, as it's simply my favorite record year-to-date.

I've always been impressed with Damon's "bridging-the-musical-dots" attitude. From his memorable indie/pop days, to his futuristic hip-hop productions or his slightly less well-known love of African music (collaborations with Tony Allen and Owiny Sigoma Band among many other things), he simply has no artistic boundaries. Latest case in point with this stunning soulful folkish album, out on XL Recordings.

Blending minimalists electro backbones, to melancholic melodies and his soothing voice, the LP also brings a couple of more colourful tracks (Mr Tembo & Heavy Seas Of Love), as a joyful hint at his eclectic musical world.





Vous savez probablement déjà tout de ce disque, mais je ne pouvais pas ne pas souligner ce premier album solo de Damon Albarn, car il est tout simplement mon disque favori de ce premier semestre.

J'ai toujours eu un faible pour l'approche touche-à-tout de Damon, depuis ses heures de gloires indie/pop, jusqu'à ses voyages hip-hop futuristes ou son amour, un peu moins connu, pour la musique africaine (Owiny Sigoma Band, Tony Allen parmi ses multiples collaborations...). Everyday Robots ouvre d'autres portes, celles d'un univers electro/folk aux accents soul, construit sur des cadres rythmiques electros minimalistes et des mélodies mélancoliques. Et comme il aime à brouiller les pistes, on se retrouve à deux reprises en plein soleil, via deux titres débordants de joie de vivre (Mr Tembo & Heavy Seas Of Love), clins d'oeil colorés à son univers musical éclectique.








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