Genre/Influences: Cinematographic, Psychedelic, Jazzy, Electronic.
Format: Digital, Vinyl.
Background/Info: Kaouen is a French solo-project, which five years after its self-titled debut album strikes back with eight new songs. It’s quite interesting to see this work has been released as a collaboration between four labels!
Content: I wasn’t familiar with the sound of Kaouenn and discovered a heavily inspired Cinematographic music featuring omnipresent Psychedelic influences being a sort of thread the entire work long. Kaouenn plays guitar, bass, synth, organ, xaphoon and sax plus is also singing. The Psychedelic touch is mainly emerging from the guitar playing. One of the tracks is a totally weird fusion between Psy-Trance and Jazzy saxophone play. Other songs are more into dreamy atmospheres reinforcing the Soundtrack appeal of the work.
+ + + : I like artists composing music without compromises. You feel a sort of artistic freedom running through this work. It’s not important to deal with a specific kind of music, but simply enjoying what you do. Kaouenn this way is trespassing the borders, mixing music genres together and creating its own style. It could be the perfect soundtrack while “Reachin’ The Stars” also has a very strong danceable feeling.
– – – : I’m missing a climax although the aforementioned “Reachin’ The Stars” is not far off.
Conclusion: This album is an interesting experience, which goes beyond established labels and genres.
Best songs: “Reachin’ The Stars”, “Psychic Nomad”, “Flood Of Light”.