Ben Popp – Le Chant Des Sirènes
Ben Popp’s unique pop sensibility recalls the lovely psychedelic pop leanings of Jean-Claude Vannier on the spirited “Le Chant Des Sirènes”. Pitch perfect production works wonders for Ben Popp’s deft knack at arrangements is unsurpassed. Attention to detail means every element of the album shines, from the impressible guitar work to the playful jazz-like rhythms that adorn many of the pieces. Tying all of this together are Ben Popp’s tender vocals which possess great range.
An unstoppable groove introduces the album on the nimble bass-led “Pour l’exemple”. Taking on a joyous tone is the childlike sense of wonder that defines “Big Brother”. Keyboards add to the giddy spirit that helps guide the song forward. Featuring a nostalgic approach at times the arrangement feels reminiscent of Penguin Café Orchestra’s work. Shadowy in nature is the mysterious feeling of “Dans le vague”. Effortlessly cool is the 70s inflected “Toujours plus seul”. “Femme objet” injects a dose of funk into the proceedings resulting in a timeless sound. On “No Futur” Ben Popp lets small elements of progressive rock into the mix. Bringing the album to a wonderful conclusion is the laid-back tempos of “Trop vieux pour devenir adult maintenant”. Layer upon layer of sound is added in a painterly way, with a wide variety of textures coming together in fascinatingly new ways.
Infectious memorable melodies and true passion make Ben Popp’s “Le Chant Des Sirènes” an absolute delight, the perfect sort of sound to get lost in.