Thursday, February 24, 2011

CD Review: Les Chauds Lapins' 'Amourettes'


Based on the French swing music of the 1920's - 1940's, Les Chauds Lapins (The Hot Rabbits), are Kurt Hoffman and Meg Reichardt. Their latest effort, Amourettes (Flirtations), is the result of stripped-down, quirky musings set to music on banjo, ukulele, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, upright bass, and trumpet. Kurt plays the banjo ukulele and clarinet, while Meg plays the guitar, banjo, and soprano ukulele. Both musicians lend their vocals to the songs. The folksy rhythms and strings provide an authentically historical feel throughout. The songs are playful, fresh, and smart. Thirteen songs in all round out the package. This is perfect for fans of folk, Americana, French, and other acoustic European musics. Additionally, if you like the sweet and soft sounds of French cafe or swing music, then look no further with Amourettes. Liner notes are included in English and French. ~ Matthew Forss

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