Date: Tuesday 15th of March 2016
Venue: Enmore Theatre
Review – Anthony Larbalestier
The show last week was St Germain’s (Ludovic Navarre’s) first Australian show in 15 years which comes after the release of his new self titled album. St Germain is a master producer, most famous for the album Tourist. Tourist is a perfect blend of house and Latin jazz and is one of my top 5 favourite albums. For all those yet to listen here is the link: https://goo.gl/yQXQJ8
There was a long 15 year wait between tourist his last album and the latest album St Germain. The new album is very African and different sounding in many ways, most notably in instrument choices. And while the album sounds very different, St Germain is able to pull off a similar vibe to his previous productions (house and jazz) which makes for an all round enjoyable album.
On the stage were around 7 Black African guys and one old white guy (Germy). Old Germs definitely looked a little out of place as the Africans kind of stole the spotlight. The band members worked together well even though very unique and individual. There were an insane amount of solos and all pretty damn good. They turned the 7 minute Rose Rouge off Tourist into a 15+ minute mind blowing rendition of the original. The video of a bongo solo below demonstrates all this quite well, that particular solo went for a good 5 minutes. Crazy really.
There were quite a few strange, exotic instruments one in particular stood out because it looked like a Big Black Cock.
St Germain individual performance was a little lack lustre as most of the beats he was dropping were out of time but everyone else was so good it didn’t really matter and at the end of the day everyone was playing HIS music.
Overall the music was really great and had lots of fun, plus the zataar falafel wrap at Manoosh after the show was da bomb