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Friday, July 31, 2015

Les Amants De Juliette - S'Electrolysent (Quoi De Neuf, Docteur, 2015) ***½

[b]By Stef[/b]

To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, Les Amants De Julliette released their sixth album, of which two were reviewed on our blog : Les Amants de Juliette (2009)  and Les Amants De Juliette & Majid Bekkas (2010). The trio are Serge Adam on trumpet, Benoît Delbecq on piano and bass station, and Philippe Foch on tablas. All three also use live electronics during their six improvisations, which is probably the biggest change compared to their previous albums - and it explains the title - even if there was actually no need for it, considering what electrolysis actually means: "electrolysis is a technique that uses a direct electric current to drive an otherwise non-spontaneous chemical reaction". The spontaneous chemical reaction was there to start with! And furthermore, the electronics play a role, although it does not significantly change the band's sound. 

 In any case, even if the band, has not drastically changed its approach, it still sounds like the musical equivalent of "fresh bowl of salad" as I once described them. Their music is rhythmic, open-ended, light-hearted, without pretense and with a very positive spirit ... this is music that doesn't stop dancing. It is jazzy but not limited to a genre, and like a fresh bowl of salad, it contains many ingredients that are fun and easy to digest.

Judge for yourself: