Magazine article New Internationalist

tChorba

Magazine article New Internationalist

tChorba

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tChorba

by Les Yeux Noirs (Recall/Sony RECALL 055 CD)

Ever since the demise of Les Negresses Vertes, there's been a vacancy for a band, Parisian or otherwise, capable of putting on their own vagabond swagger. Enter Les Yeux Noirs, a flamboyant septet whose raison d'être is to rampage through a music inspired partly by klezmer, partly by French chanson, and to do so with an enormous élan.

Executed in a blaze of dulcimer solos and runaway violins, tChorba ('soup') is the sixth album from Olivier Slabiak and his cohorts, and its title reflects the change that the black-eyed boys made a few years back when they reinvigorated their line-up with drums, cimbalon and electric guitars. There are lots of tastes in this particular cauldron; traditional Yiddish songs mixed with self-penned songs, folky sounds and wild pieces like 'Hora de Mîna'. …

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