Enjoy 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
TENdoodle paws out of TEN …
- Picayune Baliverne
- Sell You My Soul
- Hawk On A Haystack
- Tattered Flag
- Pigeon Man
- Let It All Go
- Zanzibar (Ebb & Flow)
- Colette Bar & Restaurant
- God Will Change Your Situation Barbershop
- 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