To be honest, I don’t come across many jazz releases that are on limited vinyl and that might be explained because I might not be looking in the correct places… ? Nevertheless, when I do come across one, I’ll put it up here because jazz is quite underrepresented here on the site! The Dale Cooper Quartet isn’t your traditional jazz band, though. At this point I know this adjective is bordering on trite, but “Lynchian” is the band’s, and especially this album’s, best descriptor. They sound like they’d fit right in with Gizeh‘s roster but they’re on Denovali which is also a fitting home. This is jazz if it wandered in to an opium den by accident in a seedy night-covered urban center. Métamanoir is quite leisurely in pacing and rewards those who have patience. The Quartet builds an atmosphere that’s quite rare to come across in music these days. Listen to Métamanoir below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

The bizarre Dark Jazz cabaret has opened again. Finally, after years of waiting, the 2nd full length of the sophisticated experimental collective from France will be released. It features vocals of Gaëlle Kerrien (YANN TIERSEN) and all lovers of DAVID LYNCH movies, artists like KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE or BOHREN UND DER CLUB OF GORE and blue cigarette smoke in dark bars will exult again.

Métamanoir sees the band shift from their smooth, minimal and instrumental landscapes on the debut record Parole De Navarre to a more lively and rich sound. Always based upon improvisation and sound research, the solo parts of their music are now embodied by vocals.

The Quartet invited several musicians and singers to record, giving a phantomatic sound with oboe, clarinet, whitewashed drones popping out of the songs. The sheer chants of Zalie Bellacicco – who appeared on the debut album - the deep tone of Ronan Mac Erlaine and the crystal-clear voice of Gaëlle Kerrien (Yann Tiersen's singer on his last Mute album) interlaces with the still dark jazz of the band.

Always influenced by classic 50s cool jazz and the more contemporary noise and experimental styles, the Quartet and his guests built a dreamy card castle who swing and grow deeply rooted in fierce strangeness of David Lynch movies.

Métamanoir has been recorded in their native Britanny country, deep west of France, a land swept by climatic inconstancy fed by wind, rain and mystery. A place which gives the music an overwhelming but beautiful darkness.

Price $24.5

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