Having been sent this young man’s CD to review, I was slightly hesitant at first. The opening few songs sounded a lot like it could be World Music inspired – and I know aboslutely nothing about World Music. But once you let your guard down and allow Thunderclap Spring to wash over you, it’s a record that deserves to be loved and pampered with your listening unlike most other things you’ll have heard this year. It’s got depths that most other artists can’t even begin to fathom – as if a band like Sigur Ros were condensed into one man and raised in the Outback.
Well, Pascal may not have been raised directly in the outback, but he was born in Australi, and his album is truly wonderful. Centrepiece of the album is a cover of Joy Division/New Order’s ceremony, and it’s understated and tender, whilst subverting the ideas of what a cover version should be. It’s no camp or kitsch like Arctic Monkeys covering Girls Aloud – it’s fragile, isolated and showcases Babare’s unique talent with aplomb. It’s also available for download here:
Pascal Babare – Ceremony (mediafire)