Franco-Scottish-Bolivian group Jacques Caramac & The Sweet Generation release their debut album on download, ltd picture disc and CD via Everyday Life Recordings / Rocket Girl (on ltd red vinyl / Download). Comprising Jean-Baptiste Ganivet (bass), Raphael Mura (drums), Pablo Schollaert (keys) and Kevin Retoryka (vocals, guitar), JC&TSG take inspiration from ‘singing’ Eno, Mansun’s first two albums, the KLF, MGMT’s second album, Jacno, Bobby Conn, Can & Cluster’s ‘Zuckerzeit’ to drop a few names, but more useful to help suggest the band’s percuilar approach and delivery.
The album sees JC&TSG using a contemporary everday music palette, to serve up a scewed view, from the space dust akin sex of ‘Passive Smoker’ to the more grown-up view of ‘Kream Puff’ two different songs sharing a good charged quality, all achieved with comfortable agility. That’s not to say, there is not heaps, spoonful’s of fun, if not often slightly ridiculous, surely the best kind of life to lead, before any kind of ego has truly lands and responsibility takes hold, the new release is “on the edge of clever and stupid”.
‘Walk In The Park’ showcases more tight musical muscle, punched through with the lyrical, at over eight minutes the song is not over-bloated, working well. If you prefer your music a little more ‘pop’ think ‘Exceedingly Good I’ or ‘Snowballs’ both do well, as does ‘El Dorado’, which is nothing to do with the failed BBC soap, instead it’s an engaging potential single which takes center stage to good effect
It would be lazy, if not inaccurate, just to trot out the “cult” tag, this is down to the accessible tasty fare of ‘The High And Lows Of Jacques Caramac & The Sweet Generation’ album, which in parts is truly impressive, if not a more complete whole, but a more than welcome debut. 7.9/10
Listen to ‘Snowballs’