After recording more than fifteen albums since the beginning of the 80's, performing hundreds of gigs on all continents, collaborating with a wide variety of prestigious artists (Robert Plant, Tinariwen, Robert Wyatt, Archie Shepp...) and thereby creating an unquestionable aura, the band from Angers, in the West of France, are now rewriting their own history. Well, almost. Denis Péan's distinctive orchestral arrangements can still be heard here and there, but a fresh breath is palpable throughout these thirteen songs, recorded around the world, from Austin to Lafayette, Seoul to Tbilisi, from Cotonou to Paris and Bamako.
Paradoxically, it may be their least "multicultural" album to date, despite the presence of instruments as diverse and exotic as a Korean kayagum, a Georgian panduri, an Iranian daf, a rik and an oud, it is also undoubtedly the most electro-acoustic oriented in their discography. This could be because the band invited the versatile French singer and musician Albin de La Simone to add a kaleidoscope of musical colour with his prismatic keyboards, or, perhaps simply because LO'JO have dared to bust the dam which contained their reservoir of new sonic desires. Who for example would have thought they would hear a duet with the rapper from the Swiss band "Puts Marie" (Noisy Flower)?
On their previous album Cinéma El Mundo, LO'JO seemed to have completed a cycle, releasing a canonical album which typified a distinctive style. So, Fonetiq Flowers feels like the first day of the rest of their lives, with new, endless possibilities opening before them.
- Denis Péan: vocals, piano, samplers
- Richard Bourreau: violin, alton, imzad, kora
- Nadia Nid El Mourid: vocals, percussions
- Yamina Nid El Mourid: vocals, kamel n'goni, soprano saxophone, percussion
- Baptiste Brondy: drums
- "They have to be one of the best live bands in the world" - The Independent
- "Lo'Jo have the power to mesmerize and delight with every tune." - Billboard
- "Delicious, melodic and unique" - Music Week
- "Nicht Weltmusik, nicht globale Sounds sondern Musik und Bilder der Welt sind das Ergebnis dieser Reise" - Holger Brandstaedt
- https://youtu.be/KIJ3P1gyShk - Fonetiq Flowers
- https://youtu.be/WOALjmBVcGchttps://youtu.be/WOALjmBVcGc - tu benes, live