Punk, singer-songwriter, traditional music meets rock and blues, it is time for some quality mixes. And today’s releases do not disappoint on this front! Flashes.
VI – THE BRONX
With their seventh record, The Bronx doesn’t change their winning formula. From the title to what’s inside, they’re sticking with a hardcore punk that punches us into the ropes from the get-go. VI, or The Bronx VI, has some rounded spikes, less sharp, on some tracks, but the vast majority of it leaves identifiable marks on us when we reach the end. The softness only seems to be here for a breath in between bangers and mosh-pits hymns like White Shadow or Mexican Summer. Spotless as always, and worthy of getting some dust on our boots, the American band doesn’t disappoint with their new punch bag of an album.
HISTORY OF A FEELING – MADI DIAZ
Madi Diaz pours out her soul and heart in this beautiful album, History of a Feeling. It’s a sober start with Rage, before the high Man In Me, then we hold our tears with her on Crying In Public. Betrayal, the grief of a past relationship, broken heart, all these themes are carrying up all her words and melodies. Yet, behind this fragile-looking vulnerability, we are feeling a massive strength, sublimed by the highest notes the artist reaches. Think Of Me and Woman In My Heart are announcing a new step and New Person, Old Place marks the beginning of a new journey and life. And in all this, we see bits of ourselves too.
GLÜCK AUF! – RODOLPHE BURGER & ERIK MARCHAND
It’s quite a concept that Rodolphe Burger and Erik Marchand have started fifteen years ago with Before Bach. Rock meets traditionnal Britanny. With Glück Auf! it’s the second chapter they’re writing and offering. Albania and Turkey, amongst others, are added to the mix and the result is harmonious. The tradition and the heavy riffs are winning us over from the superb opening track Kazanova. With deep vocals and lyrical heights, blues and modal music, the two unmatched musicians are giving it all. We don’t know all the instruments and can’t quite place them all, but we love them together. Ought to be discovered now.
Now Playing :
Peace Pipe – The Bronx
Resentment – Madi Diaz
Kazanova – Rodolphe Burger & Erik Marchand