11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“It’s hard when things get messy,” sing Caravan Palace on “Lone Digger,” the opening song on their third album. They should know: The French electro-swing band’s fusion of hot jazz and house beats can push any party into joyfully unhinged territory. “Mighty” layers shouts and Dixieland horns over a thumping dance groove, while the grinding “Comics” slows sultry blues riffs to a sidewinding hip-hop tempo. “Lay Down” wraps it all up in woozy horns and dizzy vocal harmonies—the sweetest kind of comedown.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“It’s hard when things get messy,” sing Caravan Palace on “Lone Digger,” the opening song on their third album. They should know: The French electro-swing band’s fusion of hot jazz and house beats can push any party into joyfully unhinged territory. “Mighty” layers shouts and Dixieland horns over a thumping dance groove, while the grinding “Comics” slows sultry blues riffs to a sidewinding hip-hop tempo. “Lay Down” wraps it all up in woozy horns and dizzy vocal harmonies—the sweetest kind of comedown.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

107 Ratings

Some of it’s unique, some of it’s deadbeat.

Guypersondude,

So Caravan Palace continues to develop their style into a more electronic focus, while of course never losing touch with their origins of balanced electroswing. While it was evident in Panic! that this shift was occurring, this album doesn’t seem to hone ideas for content as well as their previous works. Quite a few tracks feel very generic and uninteresting, while I can only name a select couple that I thought were really unique and moved their newfound style to fantastic heights. I want to hear what this group can do now if they put more effort into making each track special instead of treating some of them like a bland throwaway. Overall, it’s certainly not a bad album, it just feels lifeless here and there, whereas there was barely any moment in their past works that wasn’t lively or interesting. My favorite tracks are Lone Digger, Wonderland, and Midnight.

The Electro-Jazz Age Is Coming….

Atu D.,

"Comics"….Absolutely Amazing! I'm quite sure this album will be another masterpiece from a visionary band that will take cutting-edge electronic music into the 20’s and beyond. We need more bands like Caravan Palace that have the vision and insight to go the extra mile in musical tone and structure. Listen and learn!

About Caravan Palace

Caravan Palace is a self-described électro-swing group from Paris, France, that made its full-length debut in 2008. Comprised of Charles Delaporte (bass, programming), Arnaud Vial (guitar, programming), Hugues Payen (violin, programming), Zoé Colotis (vocals), Antoine Toustou (electronics, trombone), and Chapi (clarinette), the group is chiefly inspired by Django Reinhardt but also cites Vitalic, Cab Calloway, Justice, Lionel Hampton, and Daft Punk among its influences. CP made their self-titled debut with the French independent label Wagram Music. Promoted with the release of "Jolie Coquine" as a single, Caravan Palace was very well received, reaching the Top 20 of the French albums chart and garnering acclaim for its traditional jazz inclinations. Caravan Palace returned in 2011 with the Clash EP, followed a year later by their sophomore album, Panic. The whimsical Robot Face, stylized <I°_°I>, arrived in 2015. It charted in France, Belgium, and Switzerland, plus the British and American dance charts. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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