Baton Bleu – Weird and Wonderful Tales (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 37:51 minutes | 420 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Dixiefrog
In the bins of diquaires there is a category World Music, but also recently World Jazz, World Rock, and now it will also be necessary to rely on World Folk Music, because the two members of Baton Bleu have resolutely chosen the folk acoustic turn as means of expression. Baton Bleu is Maria Laurent, who plays Mongolian lute, banjo, guitar, thumb piano, Glockenspiel, flute, old Mongolian and some other exotic instruments, but Baton Bleu is also Gautier Degandt, who also plays, in addition to the instruments already mentioned (yes …), bass, harmonica and tovshuur, a two-stringed lute.
With “Weird and Wonderful Tales” Baton Bleu offers us 11 tracks on a first album that waltzes borders and lines. Most of the songs are signed by Bâton Bleu for music and lyrics, and for some songs the lyrics are only by Gautier Degandt. A traditional Mark Twain and a cover of June Carter’s “Ring Of Fire” complete the set. He sings in a captivating and mesmerizing rocky voice, and she, in a wonderfully limpid crystalline voice! With “Weird and Wonderful Tales” Baton Bleu offers us the almost perfect fusion of music from most continents: United States, Asia, Africa and Southern Europe, thanks in particular to the influences exerted by Greece on Gautier. Like the story of the Greek fishermen Yourgo and Sarakiniko who evoke the mystical island of Ithaca. In short, a magnificent musical world tour whose characteristic is the thirst for freedom for all men.
02. Sick Ship
03. Harry Smith
05. Buffalo 7
06. Trouble All The Time, Pt. 1
07. Trouble All The Time, Pt. 2
08. Mark Twain
10. Baton Blues
11. Ring Of Fire