Friday, May 4, 2012

CD Review: Irene Jacob and Francis Jacob's 'Je Sais Nager'

Irene Jacob and Francis Jacob
Je Sais Nager
Sunnyside Records

The brother-sister duo, Irene and Francis Jacob, creates beautiful melodies with light world percussion and French charm. A variety of instruments create a folk-pop sound, including the keyboards, harmonica, flute, drums, double bass, guitar, talking drum, and steel drum. The wistful, swirling melodies evoke a presence of sweet, jazzy, and enjoyable songs with Irene on vocals and Francis on vocals and guitar. The airy voice of Irene is in a similar vein to Francois Hardy or Carla Bruni, but the instrumentation arrangements are more experimental from a world music point-of-view. The French music is surrounded by some Brazilian and Senegalese beats for a truly world-class production. Still, Irene and Francis should be proud of Je Sais Nager, which is translated: I Know How To Swim. I guess Irene and Francis know how to make music, too. ~ Matthew Forss  

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