Theo Ceccaldi and FREAKS – Amanda Dakota (2018)

Theo Ceccaldi and FREAKS - Amanda Dakota (2018)
Artist: Theo Ceccaldi and FREAKS
Album: Amanda Dakota
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative
Origin: France
Released: 2018
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tchou tchou
Amanda Dakota
Coquette Rocket
Nu sur le rivage
Escalator over the Bill
Bingo mazout
Oh mon Dieu
Henry m’a tuer
Bonne nuit Madame


Théo Ceccaldi is now a renowned jazz violinist, and he is now at the heads of Freaks, an experimental jazz sextet that bridges jazz-rock with avant-garde pop and Rock in Opposition. Indeed, it sometimes sound like a jazz version of French band PoiL, which is a major plus!

What can you expect from their debut, Amanda Dakota? First of all, a lot of odd themes and harmonies are sown all around the album, and the rhythm section tries to clumsily follow in odd times and bizarre subdivisions. This is something that I like a lot. The songs have many layers, which don’t always seem to agree, and that is really interesting to follow.

On top of that, the many able singers in the group contribute to the compositions, here and there, with cool vocal harmonies of mostly silly lyrics. Although keep in mind that this is a mostly instrumental release; the voices only embellish the experience here and there. Moments like these on “Tchou tchou” are some of the best I’ve heard!

Let yourself be charmed by the Freaks!
by Dæv Tremblay