There isn’t too much music out there that sounds like Lemon Soul Trio. The Swiss-French trio comprised of Margaret Harmer, Nicolas Leroy and Yasmin Farhoumand make music that they describe as ethnic-jazz. The lyrics they sing over the music are sacred texts from the Baha’i faith. The result is unique and quite often captivating.
The first track on their self-titled album Lemon Soul Trio “Tu es ma Lampe” immediately brings to mind eastern influences. You hear the hum from what I believe is a sitar and soft-spoken lyrics, which sound sacred. A flurry of notes from the guitar creates another mysterious veil over the music.
There is a change in energy about two-and-a half-minutes in when the percussion enters into the picture. The bongos or tablas which are played add a sufficient amount of energy to the song.
The second track “Pensées de paix” is very different in feel and energy. The song is more or less a waltz. It’s light, cheerful and is something you would want to hear on a beautiful spring day while sipping on some lemonade. The song is so easy on the ears. Very relaxing so much so I almost fell asleep.
“Par l'or et le feu” was the highlight of the album. The guitar combined with the melodic percussion is on point. On top of that the vocals were the catchiest on the album. I had no idea what was being said but the melody got stuck in my head. The end of the song gets especially festive and fun. “Majnún” is a loose song that contains spoken word. The musical tension is quite varied and sporadic at times. It felt almost like a jam session.
Lemon Soul Trio isn’t without its flaws but it is certainly one of the most original sounding albums I have heard recently. It’s definitely worth some of your time.
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