A sweet scent of sixties and nineties crosses the acid pop of these exciting Bordelais.
There are as many from the 1960s to the 1990s as there are from the 1990s to the present day, and each decade fetishizes the one it has chosen as its ancestor. But there are several ways to celebrate the 1990s: the one, sophisticated or ironic, which recomposes it in a form of commentary and the one which consists, without speech metato keep the momentum going.
It is this second path – naive in the best sense of the word – that the Bordelais of Jach Ernest are taking. One will inevitably think of Pavement (and particularly the superb Brighten the Corners from 1997) listening to this fourth album, entitled Esconaquito in reference to the house where the songwriter Stéphane Jach welcomes the group (Florence Besse, Jérôme Magat and a few friends like Alizon Pergher or Loïk Maille, formerly met in The Artyfacts at the end of the 2000s) to record.
The essence of pop
And, indeed, we feel in the disc like at home: in addition to the kinship with the Malkmus band, we find there in small touches the nervous asceticism of post-punk and the tangy melancholy of a Grandaddy (20 Curved Tiles for Daddy’s Shed). No frills here, but an unexpected taste for detail, like the emergence of brass on the title track or Italian for a Nei Paradisio Degli Orsi hauntingly charming.
A language they share, in addition to a certain sense of surrealism, with the multi-card artist Fabio Viscogliosi. Author, among other things, of comic strips and playful installations, the musician Viscogliosi (whose most recent LP, the excellent Camerareleased in 2021) could be the hidden godfather of this disc which summons lysergic canine walks (Watch out John for Kiki) and minimal outdoor tales à la Brautigan (Marmot Mountain).
We breathe a lot Esconaquito, under the sharpened thread of the production of Nicolas Godin (half of Air). We breathe in it a nineties indie air, but also – with these quivering rhythms, these casual harmonies and this immediate melodic sense – an air of sixties insouciance. The essence of pop in a way.
Esconaquito (Bordeaux Rock & Safe In The Rain Records/Kuroneko). Released January 20.
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