Nouvelle aventures sonores! A beguiling mix of the ancient, modern and futuristic.
Something a little different but if you're prepared to go with it you're in for a rewarding listen. Melo Disko is the debut album from Carnet De Voyage, a collaboration between pianist/ composer Rosey Chan and DJ/producer Mimi Xu. It's mix of neo-classical minimalist piano merged with electronica that runs from ambient to sprightly. Occasional softly spoken French passages emerge out of the ether as does muted trumpet that recalls latter period Miles Davis. If all that sounds a little highbrow and academic don't be put off - the test of any music is of course whether it has the power to move you, whether it enhances or changes moods, and Melo Disko certainly has that. Its spiritual home may be as an audio soundtrack in a contemporary art gallery but listening to it at home in the small hours reveals it has an impressively emotional core, and is the perfect soundtrack for those precious moments of solitude. A record that sounds like so much like a distant past, as well as a faraway future that a quantum physicist would have a series of simultaneous field days. This beguiling mix of the ancient, modern and futuristic will no doubt struggle to be heard under the cacophony of gimmick-heavy records currently in the marketplace but it deserves an audience, and will amply reward it.
**An album launch show takes place at the Servant Quarters, London on June 19th**
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