Yves Lambert Trio — Tentation
(Pruche Libre, 2018, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2018-11-24
Man, I needed this. After a spell of listening to pretty heavy music, Yves Lambert’s acoustic folk really hits the spot. Some might remember him as a founding member of La Bottine Souriante, one of Québec’s most prominent folk groups since the mid-70s, but if you’re not familiar with that group, other comparisons would include Malicorne and Alan Stivell, though without any real touches of rock (or harp). Lambert’s trio of 15 years features the leader on vocals and accordion, Olivier Rondeau on acoustic guitar, and Tommy Gauthier on violin, mandolin, and percussion; guest Mark Busic contributes harmonium at times. Lambert’s voice is a powerful and charismatic force at the front, with a delivery that is appealing even for listeners with minimal French comprehension. Many tracks feature backing vocals, either as harmonies or in a call-and-response arrangement, and this is one place where the Malicorne comparison comes to the fore. Instrumentally, the majority of the songs are highly energetic, with reels and other dances that can stand with the best Irish and Scottish music, and also have a connection to Scandinavian polskas. I think I’m not alone in being raised on rock and roll but discovering that there’s magic in acoustic music as well, and Yves Lambert is great stuff for listeners who like good playing but don’t have much patience for mellow (AKA sleepy) balladeers singing about their tender feelings. Get up and stomp with these guys, whether you’re wearing plaid flannel or a heavy metal T-shirt.
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From the press release:
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.
“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.
“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)
As with all Echo Us recordings, a number of seeming coincidences resulted in connections being drawn where prior there were none. Another experience of similar capacity was found in oboe samples from A Priori Memoriae that echoed the traditional “May Morning Dew’, also reworked for guitar on the new album.