Music is universal, at least that’s what I believe. An unfamiliar language should never be a barrier and certainly never lesson the enjoyment of a wonderful piece of music. Opera is an example of passion and performance eclipsing any requirement to fully recognise what is being said. Mina Tindle clearly understands this concept as she gloriously delivers a mixture of French and English lyrics with songwriting that transcends the need to concern yourself with any language barrier.
Certainly my French has been better (some would say my English too), and the years of in-frequent usage haven’t helped it’s alarming decline. However, Mina Tindle’s new album ‘Parades’ requires no night school top-up classes or visits to translation web-sites, it simply requires a good ear and an ability to take some time out of your day to fully appreciate the beauty of its musical content.
‘Parades’ is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Taranta’, which was a critical success for the Parisian musician and certainly brought the artist to the attention of music lovers the breadth of Europe. The good news for those fans, and lovers of talented songwriting, is that the new LP incredibly eclipses its predecessor with a collection of music that, not only entertains, but also forces you to stop and appreciate it’s wonderful atmospheric and, at times, graceful qualities. The amount of emotion, passion and despair in tracks such as ‘Madonne’ and ‘Dehors’ require no lyrical translation. The vocals, instrumentation and production are breathtaking.
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It’s difficult to place this album into a particular genre as the moments of folk-ladened quiet and thoughtfulness are forgotten when you’re introduced to ‘Pas Les Saisons’ and the albums stand-out track ‘I Command’. These up-beat tracks offer a glimpse into an altogether different music realm that offers synths, clever chorus’s and a wonderful euro-beat feel. The whole thing starts to become quite infectious and the ‘repeat’ button becomes less of a feature and more of a necessity.
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There are a couple of moments of disappointment. Certainly tracks ‘The Curse’ and ‘Tranta’ don’t have the same atmospheric attachment as their bedfellows. But it’s a minor gripe and certainly doesn’t detract from what is a quite wonderful well-written album.
‘Parades’ is out now on ‘Believe Recordings’
The full track-listing for ‘Parades’ is as follows…
2.Pas Les Saisons
Live dates for Mina Tindle are as follows…
11th October 2014 – La Clef, Saint-Germain-en-Laye
15th October 2014 – MAMA Festival, La Cigale, Paris
24th October 2014 – Le Ferrailleur, Nantes
13th November 2014 – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London
15th November 2014 – Emb Sannois, Sannois
18th November 2014 – Botanique-Rotonde, Brussels
24th November 2014 – La Gaite Lyrique, Paris
3rd December 2014 – Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux
4th December 2014 – Victoire 2, Saint-Jean De Vedas
5th December 2014 – Connexion Cafe, Toulouse
6th December 2014 – Les Bains Douches, Lignieres
10th December 2014 – Le Colisee, Lens
13th December 2014 – Centre Culturel Theo Argence, Saint Priest
13th Januart 2015 – Trianon Transatlantique, Sotteville-Les-Rouen