Val­paraiso

Bro­ken Home­land

Mojo (UK) - - News - Martin As­ton

ZAMORA/PIAS. CD/DL/LP Parisian col­lec­tive’s noc­tur­nal ad­ven­ture.

Cousins Hervé (gui­tar) and Thierry (bass) Mazurel think glob­ally: their first band was Jack The Rip­per, in­spired by Nick Cave’s song; then the one-off Fitz­car­raldo Ses­sions, with mem­bers of Tin­der­sticks and Calex­ico. Now they’ve adopted the Chilean port of Val­paraiso – a his­toric stopover be­tween the At­lantic and Pa­cific oceans – for an­other float­ing col­lec­tive. Yet the Mazurels’ Gal­lic DNA in­forms their ev­ery move; a fil­ter­ing of Gainsbourg through Cave and, more than likely, Por­tishead, whose Bris­to­lian pal John Par­rish pro­duces here. Gui­tars coil like cig­a­rette smoke, while Adrien Ro­drigue’s vi­olin and vi­bra­phone re­in­force the mid­night-blue, back­street bar aura, as Val­paraiso’s singing ‘trav­ellers’ come and go: Phoebe Killdeer (Nou­velle Vague) and Howe Gelb las­civ­i­ous on Ris­ing Tides, an an­guished Shan­non Wright on Bury My Body, Josh Haden over the dy­ing em­bers of Con­stel­la­tions, Gelb again on the Tex-Mex-sim­mer­ing The Al­lure Of Della Rae.

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