“From the first seconds, French vocals, lively, instrumental music and a positive atmosphere captivate you. All current concerns are in the background and you have a few minutes to afford to relax. (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)”
“С первых секунд вас очаровывает французский вокал, живая, инструментальная музыка и позитивная атмосфера. Все текущие заботы уходят на второй план и у вас есть несколько минут, чтобы позволить себе расслабиться.”
ParIs coMbo announces neW aLbuM
“Quesaco?” Is out May 6, 2022 on sIx Degrees recorDs
Paris Combo, the French quintet Variety describes as possessing “a seemingly endless supply of catchy hooks and imaginative lyrics,” is back with a new album, Quesaco? The full-length release is their seventh studio album, but also the last recorded with the group’s late singer/songwriter Belle du Berry, who died suddenly on August 11, 2020, aged just 54, following a brief battle with cancer.
Hailed by Billboard as “a vocalist/accordionist and lyricist extraordinaire,” Belle was the beating heart of the group and her passing was a tragic loss for all those touched by her charismatic presence as a performer and songwriter during a career spanning 30 years and over 100 songs. She had been the unforgettable voice of the band’s elegantly intoxicating and joyful take on the world, her quirky, wise and often humorous songs providing a welcome antidote to the stresses and strains of everyday life. For the legions of mourning fans worldwide, who until now had been resigned to consoling themselves with the band’s nevertheless impressive back catalogue of eight albums, an unexpected and exciting parting gift has arrived in the form of the new release. Completed just before Belle died, Quesaco? is now being released worldwide on May 6 on the U.S. label Six Degrees Records.
Twenty-five years have passed since the band was founded, but it’s clear from listening to the 11 songs on the new album that Paris Combo have lost none of their magic. Quintessentially Parisian, yet timeless and international with a deceptively light touch, their music weaves together elements of Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz and Latin music, as well as exotic and cinematic influences, and is a testament to the group’s long journey together.
Four years after their last album Tako Tsubo, Belle and the group’s core members, David Lewis on piano and trumpet, Potzi on guitar and François Jeannin on drums, are joined by Benoît Dunoyer de Segonzac on bass and Rémy Kaprielan on percussion and vocals. Right from the outset we recognize Belle’s whimsical take on life in the title she chose
for the new album —
, an ancient Provençal expression, which might be translated as “What
all this?,” or “What’s happening?” and which lends a charming, old-world nuance to her questions about the mystery of existence.
Reviewed by Nagamag on
May 4, 2022
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