Zandoli is the work of Charlotte Adigéry, an artist with heritage from Belgian and Martinique. That background really comes through in the lively rhythms and the playful attitude of her music: Charlotte sings in French amid an ever-changing swirl of electric production. Made with the assistance of close collaborator Bolis Pupul.
Vinyl 12" £15.75 DEEWEE029
5-track 12" EP on DEEWEE.
The first thing you’ll notice is that Zandoli, despite having two people on the cover, is credited to just one, Charlotte Adigéry. This is no accident! While this is quite clearly Adigéry’s own album, it says a lot about the musician that she’d put her collaborator and friend Bolis Pupul right there on the album art. It says Adigéry is warm and generous, and happy to share the stage with a collaborator and friend. I’m reminded of Holly Herndon collaborator Mat Dryhurst's concept of “joyous attribution”. Shout out your influences, your friends, let the world know.
The EP itself is certainly joyous. Adigéry’s music is the sort of post-punkish disco that will recall LCD Soundsystem and Ibibo Sound Machine. The five tracks all have commanding rhythms, be that ‘Paténipat’s acid stomp, or ‘Cursed And Cussed’s chopped and screwed jungle break, which lay a groundwork that lets Adigéry have some fun on top. Her vocal delivery is cool and calculated, never wasting energy unnecessarily. When the song demands it can be cut up and accelerated as in ‘Paténipat’s wonderful climax where a whirlwind of Adigérys soon overwhelm. It can also join in with the rest of the rhythms anding a further infectious beat to wrap your head around. This is done best on ‘High Lights’ as she repeats the line "I’m Nobody" with all the precession and incision of a drummer.
Though short, Zandoli leaves a big impact. Adigéry keep things restrained enough to keep us hungry. And she's kind enough to remind us she didn't do it alone.
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