A new week brings more exceptional music from all corners of the globe.
First up we have some intriguing post-pop from Pauline Andres. “Medicine Woman” is a trippy, atmospheric piece, with synth washes breaking against programmed beats and subtle guitars. It makes for a fine, hazy backdrop to Andres’ ghostly vocals. Fans of progressive, intelligent pop will want to check this, and her forthcoming album All Them Ghosts, out.
From Pauline Andres’ official bio: “Born in France, she grew up in a family of mainly Hungarian and Balkan descent by the Franco-German border in a town where the local dialect was more common than the official language. Caught between the fun of it all and the harsh personal and social truths that lead to such an environment, Andres started taking notes.”
Next, another fascinating project – Zar by JuJu Sounds.
“JuJu Sounds collates field recordings and stories about music from all corners of the globe – the peripheral music genres, rhythms and melodies accompanying everyday life, and the practices related to transcendental experiences, initiation and ritual. “
The art of field-recording has a long and distinguished history, responsible for capturing some of the greatest music from across the world. This release focuses on Zār, a “…possession cult practiced on the outskirts of the rapidly-modernising societies of North Africa and the Middle East.” The music is as spell-binding as you might expect.
You can pick this up via Bandcamp now, in digital, vinyl and CD form.
Thirdly, we have French fingerpicking-jazz guitar player Jean-Baptiste Hardy, who has two imminent album releases, Which Way, recording in trio format, and a solo effort, Confidences. Jean-Baptiste Hardy studied classical styles before tuning into the likes of Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Marcel Dadi.
Jean-Baptiste’s playing is exceptional, across a mixture of jazz and other styles, and both albums are well worth investigating. This is invigorating, fresh music which captures both the ear and the soul.