Le Grande Magistery (HRH-053)
By Michael Popke
With such unconventional song titles as “Who’s Ever Gonna Feel Sorry for Us” and “Kisses With Comet Tails,” the indie outfit Le Concorde delivers catchy and quirky synth-driven dance-pop. On “House,” multi-instrumentalist Stephen Becker relies on lots of outside musical and programming help – most notably composer, producer and musician David Gamson of Scritti Politti fame.
Le Concorde’s third full-length CD boasts retro yet radio-ready ear candy, as Becker’s sweet voice possesses a warmth and joy that fills the cold void often left by other indie bands. Traces of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” can be heard on “Sometimes It’s Hard,” and an album-closing revisiting of opening track “The Movement of Cherry Blossom Shadows” finds Le Concorde taking the song in bold new directions.
That said, some musical rooms in this “House” lose their luster over the course of 40 minutes, the daintiness settling into monotony.