Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory SeznecEnjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec.  After living in Ethiopia for over three years Cory’s second album, Backroad Carnival is released. Once again with the musicians, he has surrounded himself he has conjured up an array of songs reflecting the light and dark sides of Carnival. The album refuses to be ring-fenced into a marketing genre. This is music that flows over the ten tracks reflecting the breadth and depth of Cory’s talents.  The sound ebbs and flows with shards of brilliant sunshine countered by complexity of sounds and shapes hidden in the shadows.

Cory Seznec knows how to instil a feeling, capturing and freezing a moment in time in the beat and cadences captured in the percussive melodic forms that share sounds from mainstream through to alternative. Sounds of Africa melding with melodies from the streets of Paris. How has he retained the simplicity of roots music in the complex world we have created? Cory has gone analogue, recording the album mainly at Tonehouse Studios in Noisy-le-Roi, France on a Studer A80 24 track tape machine with old amps and other gear, the sound produced is warm and full. This approach combines the modernity of rock with music rooted in tradition melding but never obliterating the tonal shape each number has created.

If you expect the album to have an Ethiopian fuelled tone, then you will be disappointed the stories that fill the lyrics are shaped, honed and turned by experiences of his travels through Africa and beyond combined with modern events and Cory’s worldview in his bespoke and special world-music.

Opening with Picayune Baliverne, an instrumental number that invokes a carnival Carousel turning mixed with jazz, Eastern European beats fused together with hints of Cajun into a distinctive Seznec sound that defines Backroad  Carnival. The mood changes as we hear Sell My Soul.   The song inspired in Ethiopia when a young boy tried to sell him his two sisters! Here afrobeats morph into a blues-rock salvo that fits the story with the howl that curls around the melody hitting the mood now the backroad carnival is definitely on the move. Throughout the album, Cory’s distinctive vocals shape the story being told with artfulness and creativity so not a word or meaning is left. Hawk On  A Haystack opening with a banjo and reminiscent of the sound created with Groanbox yet totally fresh and new. Every track has a new angle and star turn on Pigeon Man it is the claps and slide guitar, as we learn about the man who feeds the pigeons in Paris.  With Zanzibar (Ebb & Flow) no words are required the percussive form and African guitar take us deep into the backstreets of a town scented with spice and mystery. Closing the album of many colours reflecting the movement of a backroad Carnival, we are left with The Parting Glass. The folk is traditional and a tear jerker as the timeless flow of Scots-Irish music is reflected in the African fingerstyle of the guitar.

This is an album of the expected and unexpected. The quality of lyrics and composition of melody is expected from Cory Seznec. The unexpected is the carefully crafted, mixed musical styles. Creating a musical cocktail of sounds that never clashes but enhance each other without ever losing their originality and authenticity.

Like any Carnival, we have that beguiling mix tasty and intriguing as we listen and travel with Cory Seznec on his Backroad Carnival once again.

Cory Seznec –  Backroad Carnival – Captain Pouch Records

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Picayune Baliverne
  2. Sell You My Soul
  3. Hawk On A Haystack
  4. Tattered Flag
  5. Pigeon Man
  6. Let It All Go
  7. Zanzibar (Ebb & Flow)
  8. Colette Bar & Restaurant
  9. God Will Change Your Situation Barbershop
  10. The Parting Glass

Cory Seznec on tour check out dates HERE –  NOTE: Cory touring England March 2018

Cory – vocals (2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10), guitars (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10), bass (1,4), banjo (1,3,6), piano (1), claps (4,5,6), percussive noise 1
Kenny Allen – backing vocals 5, 8, 9
Benjamin Body – upright bass 2,9 electric bass 5
David Chalumeau – harmonica 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9
Paolo Conti – pedal steel 3
Geoffroy Dauptain: claps 4, 5, 6
Thomas Garoche: upright bass 3, 6, 8
Patrick Gigon – drums 2, 5, 9
Albert Leroy Johnson – backing vocals 2,6
Jean-Etienne Loose: claps 4, 5, 6, Juno synth 4
Daniel Mizrahi – electric guitar 2, 5, 6, 8, 9
Renaud Ollivier – percussion/calabash 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, drums 1,4,6
Joseph Parker: backing vocals 2, 6
John L. “Buster” Pickett Jr.: backing vocals 2, 6
Yann Seznec – Rhodes keys/Juno synth/piano 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9
Ronald T. Thornton Sr – backing vocals 2, 6, 9

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory Seznec

CD Review: Groanbox ~ Groanbox

coverSerendipity does exist, playing music randomly a track from Groanbox started and I thought I’ve not heard of them recently no albums, no tours! I went to google to find out what had happened to the band that are encapsulated in the word quirky as they bend and shape roots music from Britain and Africa into a percussive modern shape. Actually never got to Google as in the inbox was a digital download of their self-titled album they are back with a vengeance this is music that creates a mood landscape through notes, clicks, words and so much more.

The album was recorded over two sessions in two countries and years apart, stage one in Ontario 2013 and the final in 2015 in New Orleans. Groanbox re-shape the visual experience into an aural tapestry it is a decoupage of sounds layers and layers creating a tonal poem. The inspiration for the music lies in the instruments and insects of the shack in rural Ontario, the destruction of the cabin rumored to be Al Capone’s hide-away then they explored the underground caves of Bonnechere and found the drips, echoes and screeches that was the background sound. That is the foundation of the tracks it was New Orleans influences that added the words and melodies as the city’s cultural heritage oozed into the shape of the music. This is freeform roots, intuitive there is no pre-planning like a river in full flood you have to follow the music where it takes you and on this 10th anniversary album it takes you to your musical imagination. Everyone will build a different picture as the tonal poetry evokes personal emotions and memories.

The fourpiece is joined by guests on a couple of tracks; but it is the depth and complexity of sounds that the four produce that defies dissection as they merge and meld into one organic body, nothing is dominant and everything is there for a reason. This is music full of form and shape there is nothing out of control but free from constraints of rehearsed construction.

The album opens with Graveyard of Pines, the mix of tonal sounds high pitch and deep draw you in, there is a percussive melancholy that fits the title, this catches your ear and imagination and you want to hear the next eleven tracks. The third track has an industrial feel with clinks of glass, breaking glass Deep Tree Diving is modernity it is a de-construction of music with lyrics that tell the tale and it intrigues your senses and intelligence on many levels. Every track has its own style and The Root Will Split The Rock is roots music that explores the psyche of French influences of the music of Louisiana with the squeeze box shaping the music and there is a feeling of dance to the melodies. There had to be a track based on Katrina opening with a jaunty squeeze box and is about a girl not a hurricane and has a lightness of touch. Closing with Adios Plato, the tonal poetry is complete the music has taken you on a journey of exploration and this is an album to be returned to because every time you listen a different cadence and mood will appear. Groanbox is in a sentence musical artistry rooted in the past and reaching out to the future.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….

Groanbox – Independent – Release Date 7th July 2015

Track Listing

1. Graveyard Of Pines
2. Demon Truck
3. Deep Tree Diving
4. The Face You Deserve
5. Barefoot In The Ninth
6. Orchestrated Entropy
7. The Root Will Split The Rock
8. Wolfe Ridge
9. Marshdale Loons
10. Katrina
11. Adios Plato

Groanbox are:
Oscar Cainer
Paul Clifford
Cory Seznec
Michael Ward-Bergeman

Plus: Track 4 Yulene Velasquez (Vocals) and Track 10 Kenneth Terry (Trumpet)