Smooth, soulful vocals over funky, lounge grooves mark the arrival of the self-titled, debut release from electro-soul duo Belle Boussole.
Delivering a beat-infused, melodic album capable of drawing you to the dancefloor, Belle Boussole will also make you dream of escape to some far away place.
With adventurous chord progressions and jazzy inspiration, the songwriting keeps your ear interested and yet follows through with the pop hooks that even the most jaded listener’s belle-y craves. The sleek production quality and synth embellishments add nighttime sparkle to the tone of the album, but at the same time allow the songs themselves to shine through.
Tracks like “Native Island” and “Hearts Went Black” add a dash of euro-house to this album’s savory home cooked serving of soul. Sweet and smoky vocals on “Free Tonight”, “Walk With Me” and “Chocolate Cake” have a retro innocence reminiscent of old 60’s soul dressed up for an evening out.
Funky rhythm guitar and silky solo licks are laced throughout the collection of songs showcasing the musicality of the pair. The catchy hook driving “Second Time Around” is all out Fender Stratocaster funk guitar. While slide and overdrive add dimension to “Hard Rock”’s introspective gospel-tinged whimsy.
The McGurn song-making duo combine a number of musical influences from Jamiroquai to Gladys Knight to The Brand New Heavies to generate a sound uniquely their own.
Themes of second chances and starting over blend with a longing to be anywhere but here…while the infectious grooves keep luring you to be anywhere on the dance-floor. A yearning for direction toward a happier place seems to permeate the album, like the duo are in need of a spiritual compass of sorts. Since the word boussole means compass en francais, perhaps we’ll all find the way together…just follow the music.