CARAVAN PALACE – Robot
aaamusic | On 15, Nov 2015
Adventurous Parisian electro swing band Caravan Palace released their debut studio album Caravan Palace on the Wagram Music label in 2008 and it quickly became successful in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Now they’re internationally recognised and their influences include Daft Punk, Vitalic, Lionel Hampton and Django Reinhardt.
Caravan Palace are seven explosive and experimental artists: Zoe Colotis (vocals), Hughes Paven (violin), Charles Delaporte (upright bass), Arnaud Vial (guitar), Camille Chapelière (clarinet), Antoine Toustou (trombone and electronics) and Paul-Marie Barbier (vibraphone, washboard and piano).
The band’s boisterous and bohemian third studio album, <|°_°|> (Robot), released on October 16th, 2015, is a strange mixture which merges many styles of music: jive, house, trip-hop, 20s beat and classical gypsy jazz.
The fast and rhythmical first track ‘Lone Digger’ is playful fun, contrasting with the quirky and more subdued ‘Comics’ and in ‘Wonderland’ the band break out with some fiery brass. ‘Tattoos’ is another upbeat and vivacious tune, whilst catchy ‘Russian’ is highly enjoyable and the charming ‘Human Leather Shoes For Crocodile Dandies’ becomes oddly infectious.
There’s great energy and character to underground band Caravan Palace. They love the idea that their creation entitled <I°_°I> is unpronounceable and they seem happy that their devoted fans can call it what they want. So, fans are free to choose Robot or perhaps some other name that might capture the humour, vibrancy and inventiveness of the album.