Drunksouls have not gotten the press that they deserve in the States; this eclectic French band deftly moves across genres and styles to create something utterly unique. The first track on Revolution is Drifter Song, and it links together Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Incubus to make a funky, laid-back bit of pop-rock. J’ai fait unreve (I Had A Dream) is a French language sound, but the rich instrumentation and alluring vocals will draw in fans that have no idea what it being said.
Drunksouls is one of those rare acts that can transcend language with their earnest approach to music. Despite the fancy free feel of Africa or Supermarket, there is a very careful and calculated sound that is fostered through the entirety of Revolution. Happy Death Day is a trippy, jam-band-esque type of tracks; the band spins things in a bold new direction with the marriage of the aforementioned style with all the pomp of mid-era Beatles. The Fall skirts the divide between reggae and first-wave ska; the track is linked to the rest of Revolution’s track through the softly-sang vocals that weave their way through the track.The Fall benefits considerably from a rich layering of vocals and instruments; the unity of horns and drums during the lead-in to the chorus punctuate this fully.
Uniform is a late-disc delight; the guitar/drum dynamic that is fostered at the lead-out simply has to be heard to understand. Drunksouls are a fun act, making music into something that can set the mood for a chill party or event. Check their website to pick up their CD; I have little doubt in my mind that they will gain some traction in the States.
Top Tracks: Drifter Song, Happy Death Day, Sullivan Story
Drunksouls – Revolution (CD) / 2012 Self / 16 Tracks / http://www.drunksouls.com/