Stay­ing in Europe

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Wow -

Warhaus is the artis­tic al­ter ego and solo record­ing pro­ject of Maarten Devoldere. His day job sees him shar­ing front­man du­ties with Bel­gium in­die rock band Balt­hazar.

First an ex­pla­na­tion about the al­bum’s ti­tle – it might be naughty but it is also lit­er­ary be­ing a di­rect quote from DH Lawrence’s novel Lady Chat­ter­ley’s Lover.

Evok­ing com­par­isons to the works of Leonard Cohen and Serge Gains­bourg it is no sur­prise to dis­cover that this is a set of songs that in­ves­ti­gates the darker, deca­dent side of re­la­tion­ships.

Mu­si­cally, its clas­sic French pop com­plete with jazzy touches and up­dat­ed­with synth pop.

Devoldere ex­plains: “I love con­tra­dic­tions. They are mu­si­cally very ap­peal­ing to me: raw vs. fun­da­men­tally pas­sion­ate, art vs. kitsch, ar­chaic vs. mod­ern.’’

Ex­tend­ing the Gains­bourg com­par­isons, Devoldere even has his own equiv­a­lent to Jane Birkin in the shape of Sylvie Kreutsch who pro­vides se­duc­tive and sul­try back­ing vo­cals and ap­pears on the al­bum cover.

Devoldere adds: “I’m at the end of my twen­ties now. With this record I close an im­por­tant pe­riod. It’s an ode to love, to its ex­cesses and elu­sive­ness. Love songs are a form of ad­ver­tis­ing: you por­tray a wo­man and the lis­tener should fall in love with her too.’’

There are some lovely songs here – Leave With Me, Mem­o­ries – al­beit might all be a lit­tle too con­ti­nen­tal to ap­peal to UK mu­si­cal tastes! To be in with a chance of win­ning this al­bum an­swer this ques­tion. What was Balt­hazar’s 2015 al­bum called? En­tries to, Warhaus, Nigel Thorn­ton, Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, Unex House - Suite B,Bourges Boule­vard, Peter­bor­ough, PE1 1NG by Septem­ber 23.


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