Chocolat describe their new album as a coming together of “hard jazz and surf metal”, which puts them into pretty rare territory. Rencontrer Looloo, recorded after some time away, finds Chocolat merrily doing their own thing with gnarly guitars and proggish rhythms. It's released by the Beyond Beyond Is Beyond label.
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I say I don't like jazz and that's pretty much true but I like jazzy things and so I've been rather taken with this melange of music produced by some French people called Chocolat. Right away they have a really interesting sound that blends the twisty post-rock of Tortoise and adds in a laid back almost Nouvelle Vague vibe. Because they are presumably incredibly clever people they don't want to sit still for one moment so fast are their brains churning round. This leads to an LP that is ever changing - sometimes for the better, sometimes not.
After that splendid opening we get two duffers known as 'Ah Ouin' and 'Golden Age' both of which I've turned off due to their horrid glam rock stomp. Was thinking about turning the entire record off when along comes 'Les Pyramids' a staccato piece of clever rock that sounds something like Steely Dan collaborating with Stereolab. It's again rather excellent with a brilliant chewy guitar and a silly bugger chorus which jumps from note to note as if juggling hot potatoes.
After a piece of Status Quo esque nonsense there's a nice piece of synth wizardry that will appeal to fans of John Carpenter. Good but seems to belong to a totally different album.
I can't get a handle on what's going here - I feel like I'm listening to a compilation album. It sort of bridges the gap between Hawkwind and Stereolab and contains a clutch of amazing moments as well as some really horrible things. I'm forced then to give it a 6 even though I really liked about half of it.
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