The loss of a mutual friend and musician brought singer and guitarist Gautier Rodriguez, drummer Nico de Bank and bassist Sebastien Tourel together. They later met up again in January and realized they had similar interests in playing together. Two friends of theirs, singer Aurelie Cestari and guitarist Francois Debiol, later joined them and Blue Coffee was born. The band is releasing their latest EP entitled Silent.
According to the band, the name ‘Blue Coffee’ comes from an imaginary place, where souls colored blue peak at their most creative hour during the announcement of a new day or night, where everything can still be created, written and played.
With a sound that incorporates a hodgepodge of indie British rock and US rock roots, the band also adds in their own unique coloring of blues and jazz into these rock numbers. What you get is a sound filled with the grit of blues infused with the cool and smooth undertones of jazz mixed in with classic rock. Blue Coffee blends their influences while also brandishing their own tailor-made sound. The results are smashing, marked with the keen musicianship of band members forever evolving their styles and sound. You can tell these are old friends who have been through a lot together simply jamming and having a great time.
On that note, Silent opens with the title-track where a smattering of drums and percussions start off this track. A wave of full-ranging melodic guitars comes in. The vocals arrive melancholy-tinged evoking a bit of sadness into the harmonies. The vocals soar with emotional power. The instrumentals supporting the vocals coalesce to full effect. A guitar solo spirals overhead toward the one-and-a-half-minute mark.
On “Mountain,” melody-driven guitars start out this song. The sound is shimmering with a hazy and dream-like vibe. The vocals come in grave and somber sounding. The slow ebb and flow of the track is engrossing. Listeners will be consumed by the hypnotizing melancholy-warped cadences.
Guitars strut out with a driving sound on “Pain Addiction.” The rhythms from the drums come in with an amped pulse. Percussions also add to the fully charged cadence. The combined vocal harmonies are dynamic. Background vocals offer up layers of an airy vibe. The guitar riffs come across as melodic. The sounds that coalesce are dynamic. The guitar solo undulates with a bluesy and soulful cadence around the three-and-a-half-minute mark.
On the closer “Anytime You’re Gone,” airy guitar licks sound off overhead on this song. The effect creates ghostly sounds that spiral into the ether. The synths go on to create an ominous cadence. Next, a more full-on band vibe comes in full-throttle. The sound of guitars adds a lush cadence. The vocals are warm and soulful filled with emotional power. Shimmering sounds coming from the peal of guitars.
Oftentimes tinged with a melancholic vibe, these tracks reverberate with a sadness that makes them deeply haunting. Their dream-like and hazy layers makes these songs highly memorable. The airy sounds coming from the guitars crate an atmospheric flair. With a soaring vibe, these ambient sounding tracks creates a cadence that is inviting. Though entrenched with a sense of sadness, I thought these songs were exhilarating. I imagined after what they had been through that the songwriting process was very therapeutic and cathartic even, and I, in turn, could feel this too. Filled with imagination and artistic flair, these were solid offerings that will definitely turn heads. At its core, Blue Coffee is a place where lost souls can gather and create, mix and play to their heart’s desires.
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