Sometimes singing in French, other-times in English, La Chamaïcaine are always able to deliver music which has a captivating raw chanson naïveté that draws in the listener as voices fold melodies through the ears whilst blunted acoustic strings buffer through the Mandibular foramen giving the music two distinctive source directions in to the brain, allowing the duo to deliver much of intrigue within the intentionally sparse soundscape which does mind the listener of the name of the band (in English translation – The Shaman).
The latest track to surface – Les Balayeurs De Nuit.
The US alt-folk outfit Sea Offs released the LP What’s the Point? recently.
Sea Offs – photo credit – aidablank
The eight track album (available on bandcamp) takes the listener on a quiet, just over half an hour, journey that minds of walking through sunlight dappled woods in early spring as the duo (four play in live performance) deliver songs which step in and out of the shadows, leaving the audience in relaxed mood on its conclusion.
My selection from What’s The Point? is the penultimate – Unfound.
From the forthcoming album (available on bandcamp), the fifth of the ten tracks, DLR Dreaming is just under four and three quarter minutes composition that minds the listener of thrashing in quicksand as it calmly massages, a racing and panic stricken instinct, to proffer sanguine meditation and clarity of perspective, resultingly, gently lifting the listeners from a solipsism of their own making.
Regularly working in collaboration with others, the music winds its way from blues infusion through to funkadelia.
The most recent song to surface Cardinals, available on bandcamp, was released alongside Renee Maskin and Owen Flanagan in a sublime alternation of voices which glides through the room in unhurried fashion, laying a thick pile of soft carpeting beneath the listeners feet in to which the audience just want to sink their toes more deeply.
It is rare that chanson from outside France can be as evocative as its natural homeland: Cardinals, however, is distinctly compelling as the compositions Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg conjoured.