CD Digipack - - The new 2nd Solo Album by Ezechiel Pailhes !
01. River Day - 02. Little Museum - 03. Eternel Été - 04. How Long - 05. Body Woogie - 06. Tout Va Bien - 07. Bit Hip - 08. Boyd London - 09. Le Fou Du Phare - 10. Promesse - 11. Octobre
Beautiful piano melodies, ballads drawing their inspiration from jazz, classical music and cinematic
imagery, hummed choruses, a mood at the crossroad of nostalgia and reverie, instruments with
uncanny timbre and charm, chiseled percussions, added to a subtle electronic production, this is the
recipe for Tout Va Bien, the second solo album by French composer Ezechiel Pailhès.
All this is reflected in the opening track, River Day, which begins with “prepared piano” sounds (a
technique mastered by Ezechiel, which consists in placing different objects on the strings of the piano,
to create singular percussive notes). This deliberately mysterious and poetic introduction, supported
by light electronic effects, is soon combined with a light beat, organ chords and vocalisations by the
artist, which gradually transform the track into a ritornello, with both nostalgic and lighthearted tones.
As the artist states it: “We could describe this type of emotion as a kind of endearing nostalgia, close
to saudade,” i.e. the Portuguese term expressing the idea of a light melancholy stripped of its sickly
aspect, or a “haunted craving” as the singer and composer Pierre Barouh nicely put it. “This feeling
comes naturally to me when I write. Generally, in my music, I seek a form of soothing, of eternity even,
(without meaning to sound pretentious). This is something I encounter in classical music, which is
what I listen to most.”
Even if he defines himself as a “jolly fellow” (which is confirmed by the music and reputation of his
electro-pop duo Nôze), when chatting to him, he comes across as quite gentle and stellar, just like this
collection of eleven tracks that he composed “in autarky”, entirely alone,