Genre/Influences: Dark-Wave, Cold-Wave.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.
Background/Info: French project Blind Delon strikes back with a new album, which comes one year after the last year released “Discipline” (Unknown Pleasures Records). Multiple EP’s have been released as well and in a rather short lapse of time. Mathis Kolkoz who set up Blind Delon as a solo-project has now been joined by Coco Thiburs.
Content: I remember “Discipline” as a rather Minimal-Electro work. “Chimères” sounds totally different although again inspired by the legacy of the 80s ‘Wave’-music spirit. The opening cut is pure Dark-Wave; a kind of tormented song with French vocals on top. This opening song stands for the entire album, characterized by low bass lines, guitar and synth melodies. The low timbre of voice and the mysterious French vocals accentuate the darkness hanging over the work. I also noticed one song (cf. “Elle”).
+ + + : This work sounds totally different to the previous album, but I think it’s an interesting experience, which will rapidly appeal for the darkest souls and 80s lovers. Blind Delon creates an extremely dark work; everything appears desperate and sad. But darkness can be also beautiful and especially when there’s such a great balance between guitar, bass and synth. I already mentioned the debut song “Elle”, but other little pearls like “Mourir Seul” and “Outrage” only confirm the potential of the band. The tracks are moving to a crescendo, creating an uplifting effect. “Discipline” was an okay album, but “Chimères” is a true masterpiece!
– – – : I’m afraid those who became great fans of the debut album, will have some difficulties to recognize Blind Delon’s new work. This is a little metamorphosis.
Conclusion: Cold/Dark-Wave music remains a great source of inspiration for contemporary artists and Blind Delon appears to be one of the most talented ones from their class.
Best songs: “Mourir Seul”, “Elle”, “Outrage”, “Tes Lèvres”, “Cigarette”.