New music watch: Delgres

DELGRES (c) Rémy Solomon via PIAS
DELGRES (c) Rémy Solomon via PIAS
Fresh from their recent sojourn to these shores – they played two shows at The Great Escape to a rapturous crowd – and newly signed to [PIAS], Delgres are a trio hailing from the Leeward Islands, more specifically Guadeloupe and are pleased to announce details of their new album Mo Jodi on August 31st through [PIAS].
 
Today they share the video for new track Can’t Let You Go, its visual narrative conveyed via playing cards and musically encapsulating the album’s ethos – raw, emotive blues culled from a long lineage unfurling into something Delgres make their own. As the band explain, “in this song we move closer to the core subject of the album, that of working with the cards you’re dealt. The lyrics are a reflection on how Napoleonic slaves, freedom fighters of Guadeloupe, managed in the great poker game, sacrificing their personal feelings to the cause. “I don’t want you to go and fight but I know you have to.Good hand, bad hand, who deals the cards?”
 
Fronted by Pascal Danaë and complemented by drummer Baptiste Brondy and sousaphone player Rafgee, they loosely describe themselves as a blues trio. Traversing a myriad of sounds and influences they meld their own route via their cultural, historical and emotional roots – the missing link between French, Caribbean and US musical culture – that arrives amidst Ali Farka, Creole and the Black Keys to create their own exhilarating brand of bluesy, garage-rock.
 
Inspired by and from where they take their name – the influential figure of Louis Delgres who was instrumental in the fight against colonial slavery looms large on the album – title track, Mo Jodi (I’ll Die Today) is a tribute to his fight.  Anchored in history, the resultant album is a brilliant representation of their own personal journey, the music both in broader terms and closer to home is a portrayal of rootlessness, struggles and exasperation that exists still to this day just on another page.

 An absorbing musical adventure, emotive and powerful, Mo Jodi revels in its instrumentation to provide an invigorating collection of songs that is a wonderful entry into the world of Delgres.

Released on August 31st through [PIAS], Mo Jodi is available on double vinyl, CD and digitally on pre-order here
 
 
the full track listing is:
 
1.  Respecte Nou
2.  Mo Jodi
3.  The Promise
4.  Mr President
5.  Vivre Sur La Route
6.  Sere Mwen Pli Fo (featuring Skye Edwards)
7.  Can’t Let You Go
8.  Ti Manmzel
9.  Anko
10.  Ramene Mwen
11.  Chak Jou Bon Die Fe
12.  Pardone Mwen
 
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“A trip inhabited by a deep feeling and a very rock’n’roll groove”
Télérama
 
“Songs that envision blues with rawboned guitar riffs that could suddenly reveal the staccato intricacies of African and Afro-Caribbean guitar styles”
New York Times

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