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.