on 10 January 2004
Could almost be a concept album, in that it could be a soundtrack from a 60's / 70's kitch French/Italian romantic mafia, arthouse film(Is that possible?). And it works.
Conceived in London, stylishly designed in Italy, not sure where it was actually recorded, it doesn't matter because it conjures up
a European jazzy lounge club ambience. Relying predominatly on the funky organ & moog melodies, they nestle cosily alongside the earthy bass interspersed with acoustic guitar & gentle vocals on a background of percussion, conga's, vibraphone & drums.
In places not dissimilar to Gotan project in vibe and mood, only the beats sound more organic and Gotan sound so much more French!
If you like your music to be a constant companion to your life then this has a place to assist in the enjoyment of it. Imagine if you will......a flickering neon sign...inside...the fantasy club scene that only ever existed in your mind. Dreamy days, driving top down, your lovers head scarf fluttering in the breeze as the ocean view comes into sight. This is a selection of audio moods for your listening pleasure.
I'd actually give this three & a half stars only because I have so many other albums that get alot more attention, but this is a worthy piece of music to add that extra va va voom when ever you feel the occasion.
on 9 May 2002
This is an excellent piece of music that conjures up various styles of music. At times it can be quite funky/swingy such as "Intraspetto" which has some nice accompanying vocals and earthy such as the initial track "In Spring". It is nice to see lounge artists putting to good effect more traditional instruments with the more modern electronic sounds. I am always rendered slightly weak at the knees when I hear vibes and this has some nice vibes interspersed throughout.
The female vocalists are more understated than putting their presence into any one track but it works to great effect. Having this along with Koop's Waltz for Koop in your CD player would certainly make for a very relaxing evening. Just what the doctor ordered.
There are even shades of Cal Tjaeder in some of the vibe sounds such as on Pousada do Amor. Rosalia de Souza provides just the right vocal balance on Vista do Mar and again the music is just pure swingy, vibey and earthy.
on 22 March 2002
This album conjures up the atmosphere of a Cuban lounge bar in full swing and could be the soundtrack to a film... Les Hommes are an atmospheric and passionate blend - they mix an eclectic mix of traditional jazz instruments to create something very moody and new, and a sound that is far greater than the sum of its parts. Vocals are superb. This unique album is not a hit from the off but is a 'grower' as well - a must-have for any serious musophile's collection'!!