140

Pascalito: Neostalgia

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Pascalito: Neostalgia In defining himself as a "world chanteur," Pascalito has come up with the perfect expression to explain his unique position in the music business. Pop, chanson, bossa nova, noir-ish night music, seductive Spanish-tinged melodies, tango and more are all part of the package on Neostalgia. Pascalito (Pascal Sabattier) was born in Paris to a family of Mediterranean Jewish descent, and moved to New York in the late '90s. Since that time, Pascalito has been creating music that touches on his background, but goes beyond those specific influences.

Pascalito's vocals are the common denominator on these thirteen tracks, but he reinvents his style throughout the album. This has an upside and a downside: on one hand, Pascalito provides something pleasing for everybody; the flip side is that the album lacks a sense of continuity, making the music easier to appreciate on a song-by-song basis.

Pascalito comes across as a purveyor of over-produced pop as the album opens but, thankfully, he only returns to that area at one other point in the program ("Yang Est La Nuit"). While the production values and programming don't help to sell these songs, technology is used to good advantage on "Motsicien Bleu." Pascalito's vocals have a cool, distant and detached quality here and the drum sounds give a modern edge to an otherwise straightforward performance. Ironically, the one piece of dated pop music that Pascalito poached for this album is stripped bare and given a completely new and timeless interpretation. "Here Comes The Rain Again" might have been a beat-heavy hit for The Eurythmics, but the use of Spanish-tinged guitar lines, flute and Pascalito's whispery vocals give the song a well-deserved makeover.

The rest of the material is also a mixed bag in terms of style. Brazil and Spain merge with positive results on "La Pluie Sur Ta Peau" and "Dans Mon lle," but Pascalito's piece in praise of bossa nova ("Bossa Nova City") is dragged down under the weight of its own lightweight lyrics. Pascalito's swaying interpretation of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," driven by sophisticated, understated guitar work and lots of hand percussion, is a real winner, and Sarino Suno's violin work adds some intrigue on the Middle Eastern-leaning "La Citrouille De La Toussaint." "Le Blues De La Fleuriste" is a cute tune that owes more to French chanson than any other piece. Gently swinging brushwork, carefree violin lines and supportive guitar work are all part of this superb arrangement that comes across as lighthearted and instantly likeable. The music of Pascalito doesn't owe allegiance to any single school of musical thought, coming across, instead, as a melting pot of delicious musical morsels from around the world.


Track Listing: Tango De Non Retour; Solestalgia; Here Comes The Rain Again; La Pluie Sur Ta Peau; Le Blues de la Fleuriste; La Citrouille De La Toussaint (Arabolero); Bossa Nova City; Motsicien Bleu; Dans Mon lle; Yang Est La Nuit (The Night Is Yang); Boulevard Of Broken Dreams; Soleil d'Or (Luz Do Sol); Love Theme From Spartacus

Personnel: Pascalito: lead vocals; Keiji Yoshino: guitar; Jose Moura: bass (1-9, 11-13); Jessica Medina: vocals (1, 4); Sarina Suno: violin (1, 2, 5, 6, 8); Javier Diaz: percussion (4, 6, 9, 11); Rogerio Boccato: percussion (1-4, 6, 7, 9, 12); Stan Killian: flute (3), tenor saxophone (4, 7, 12); Thomas Foyer: other instruments and programming.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Self Produced


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Antenna" CD/LP/Track Review Antenna
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 22, 2016
Read "Dick's Picks Volume Two: Columbus, Ohio 10/31/1971" CD/LP/Track Review Dick's Picks Volume Two: Columbus, Ohio 10/31/1971
by Doug Collette
Published: February 27, 2016
Read "Revelation" CD/LP/Track Review Revelation
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 16, 2016
Read "True North" CD/LP/Track Review True North
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 10, 2016
Read "R Train On The D Line" CD/LP/Track Review R Train On The D Line
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 10, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!