Parisian electro swing band Caravan Palace roar into action with their third studio album. They’ve taken The Great Gatsby to larger heights than Baz Luhrman could and mixed it together with the electro synths of the ’80s and ’90s, and together it has made something which is roaring through the walls of every decent club.
‘Lone Digger’ kicks of the album and is a continuous rhythm that makes you want to jump up and start dancing the Charleston (even though you can’t dance). The creative, almost-lift music like ‘Aftermath’ becomes infused with great electro-synth later in the track, which somehow becomes less of a bizarre concoction; It is certainly a track which grabs the attention of the album. It is slightly tricky on the ears and does confuse you a little bit, but there is something about the relaxing mixture of harps, trumpets and then a bulk of synths mixed in.
‘Tattoos’ and ‘Russian’ are the favourites from the album, both as lively as each other, and both mixing together that infusion just right. This is a feel-good album which you can see going far in the edgy clubs in London. One of the last tracks, ‘Human Leather Shoes For Crocodile Dandies’ (try saying that in one breath) feels more modern in many ways, but sounds like something that you would already hear in a club – the stunning guitar and piano mix together, sounding like an Alex Burey track. When the beat hustles its way through the action, you can hear the hints of Paris beckoning – the slight bedazzlement adds to the glory of the whole album.
<I°_°I> is out now via MVKA.