Having done a good stint as a sticksman for Graham Coxon, The Damned and many others, Stephen EvEns here takes matters into his own hands and serves up a dozen cuts of home-fried angst-pop. His tone is pleasantly conversational and the recordings have a charming mix of keen musicianship and 4-track fuzz. After kicking around online for a few years, Bonjour Poulet now gets a physical release via Onomatopoeia Records.
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- Bonjour Poulet by Stephen EvEns
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 March 2017
Despite his ridiculous capitalisation there was something about this album by former Graham Coxon sticksman Stephen EveEns that suggested that it may contain the sort of the Cardiacs-style whimsical pop that tends to cheer my weekdays.
Right from the get go of 'Assembly' it appears that I have hit the bullseye with Jocky Wilson like accuracy. It has a simply vocal and organ style before bursting into a singalong ripe for inclusion in Cardiacs double album opus 'Sing To God'. But if all these Cardiacs references makes you want to run for your life then don't worry too much. EvEns (will he stop it!) only uses the similar 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' influences. On the marvellous 'Evil Twin' things are melancholic and dark and it's probably the best thing here by a country mile. "I've never really fallen apart" claims EvEns. Lucky sod.
Elsewhere we get several different varieties of whimsy that often recall Meadow House or a kind of lo-fi lunatic version of Teleman. There's some madcap pop on 'My Sister' which kind of sounds like Richard Dawson channelling the spirit of Slapp Happy but the remainder is made up of faintly sinister sing song lullabies.
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