This week’s Listening Party features french gyspy jazz ravers Caravan Palace! Read on, for definition follows. Listening Party is a curated weekly column promoting music discovery and encouraging concert-going. Featuring someone we’ve been jamming out to and we recommend to the masses, each Listening Party artist has an upcoming show at a local NYC venue. Grab your headphones and read on.
WHO: Antoine Toustou, Arnaud Vial, Camille Chapelière, Charles Delaporte, Hugues Payen, Sonia Fernandez Velasco
THEY SAY: “the apostles of Electro Swing and precursors of a laidback”
WE SAY: The jazz club meets the disco to an old timey backtrack.
FROM: Paris, France
RECENT WORK: 2012’s Panic on Wagram Music
UPCOMING SHOW: Wednesday 4/2 at Best Buy Theater
Caravan Palace are unlike any band we’ve heard this side of the Atlantic. Wikipedia describes them as a “French Electro swing and Gypsy Jazz band.” The plethora of genres that make up their unique sound is a mouthful, but one thing is for sure: Caravan Palace fuses them in the funnest way possible. Their sound is joyous; screaming pianos race against violins atop dance floor beats, voxcoated vocals that mesmerize. Live, the passion oozing from the 8-piece infects the crowd with a francophile frenzy; I may have never danced so hard during a set in my life. Check them out next week at Best Buy Theater before them embark on an April US tour.