Magazine article New Internationalist

Everything Must Change

Magazine article New Internationalist

Everything Must Change

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Everything Must Change

by Orange Blossom (Wrasse Records WRASS 175 CD)

Patterning programmed beats, scything guitars and the majestic curves of chanteuse Leïla Bounous's Arabic vocals, there's a fantastic flamboyance and verve about Orange Blossom's début album. Qualities that will earn comparisons with Ofra Haza, Natacha Atlas and - who knows? - perhaps Tricky in his studio wizardry.

None of this would be inaccurate. Everything Must Change is many things, including post-punk: you can even hear the swoops and thunders of late-period Siouxsie and the Banshees, to thrilling effect. More significantly, it's also a self-heeded call to rip up any world music rule book and start again.

While Orange Blossom - a Parisian trio based around singer Bounous, classically trained violinist Pj Chabot and programmer Mexican Carlos Robles Arenas - aren't novel in using the friction between musical cultures as a starting point, what's stunning here is how they build their material. …

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