November 24, 2015

The Cinematic Orchestra - Live in Paris, Le Trianon, 231115

In these particularly trying times in Paris, I got some much needed cinematic magic yesterday, reminding me why the Manchester combo has been my favorite band for more than a decade now.
More importantly, all along this very stirring concert, Jason Swinscoe and his crew made a fantastic case as to why Music, and Art in general, is such an essential element to the human kind. A long-lasting cement holding us together, in the face of the many obscurantist forces around.

Revisiting several of their classics, the band is also taking the opportunity of this tour to unveil several promising new tracks, hopefully signalling a much awaited 2016 new album?

Jason is also introducing several new members to the mix, who perfectly mingle into the Cinematic Orchestra's signature (brilliant new female singers, as well as an incredible pianist). Among the main featurings, an old companion of the combo,singer/guitarist Grey Reverend, but also a great surprise for me with the presence of another of my cherished nu-jazz artists, LA-based violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. leading a superb cello/violin trio.

Their tour is pretty short, so check out their upcoming gigs if you do not wanna miss an intense moment of peace and spirituality!

Here are a couple of video extracts to get a feeling of this unforgettable moment. Never mind the poor image quality, just close your eyes...





November 12, 2015

Active Bird Community - I've Been Going Swimming

The relentless rise of the digital era has been a boon for sound engineers & producers of all kinds. If you're good enough at it, a modern DAW software and a MacBook Pro are almost all you need to deliver an almost pro-quality post-prod sound to any musician/band.

As much as I find this tech trend a gift from heaven, I also still enjoy a healthy dose of  "rough" sound, with little (or well hidden) digital add-ons. Especially when we're talking indie rock. Probably my mid 80's/early 90's Uk indie rock side..but I digress.

The whole point of this was to highlight you this beautiful self-released LP from Ny-based band Active Bird Community. A bunch of college friends with an undeniable talent for crafting melancholic indie songs, that you'll find all the more stirring precisely courtesy of their fresh "live-like" recording feel.
I'm thinking early Teenage Fan Club or Blur sound...did I tell you about my Uk indie rock side? Anyway, launch the playlist below, and let it ride, there's a good chance you'll wanna know more about them!


November 11, 2015

Beirut - No No No (4AD Records)

Still catching up with the numerous interesting post-summer releases, I have to recommend you the beautiful 4th LP from Beirut.

No No No will not surprise the fans of Zach Condon's band. It brings more of the same refreshing multicultural folk/pop sound we have become addicted to since his debut, almost 10 years ago.
So get ready for more Beirut-style stirring melodies turning into addictive grandiloquent horns-fuelled pop anthems. Get ready for more Beirut-style emotive roller coaster, left irrepressible joy, right sweet melancholy, rinse & repeat.

Yes, yes, yes, I want more!

A couple of extracts below:



November 10, 2015

Christian Scott - Stretch Music (Ropeadope Records)

Released a few weeks ago, Christian Scott tenth LP is highly recommended to those who like their Nu-jazz wild & adventurous.

In Stretch Music, more than in any of his previous releases, the talented New-Orleans ( now Ny-based) trumpeter digs out a wide range of influences (hip-hop, electro, indie rock...) to colour his powerful free-jazz compositions. Also offering some much deserved space to his talented musicians to forcefully engage with his multiple tailor-made horns, he once again affirms himself as one of the most interesting artist of the contempary Jazz scene.

Extracts below, the album is available on Christian's Bandcamp page.