Black Strobe – Going Back Home
Busy with solo projects under his real name, French musician Arnaud Rebotini’s Black Strobe project had been on ice until relaunching in 2012 with two new singles: Boogie In Zero Gravity and The Girl From The Bayou. Both tracks dealt with his favourite themes – the life of the American cowboy, the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll – mixed with the Parisian artist’s electronic sensibility.
This contemporary western feel, both melancholic and polished, came to the notice of Quentin Tarantino – who used Black Strobe’s cover version of I’m A Man for the trailer of Django Unchained – and Dior, who chose the same track to advertise their perfume Eau Sauvage.
And now comes the single Going Back Home, with two new compositions and a cover version of Rufus Thomas’ Tiger Man, made popular by a certain Elvis Presley. Three tracks that allow Arnaud Rebotini and his gang to mix rock and blues guitars with electronic loops and dancefloor beats, all crowned by the silky smooth crooning of Rebotini himself.
The EP is the first taste of Godforsaken Roads, Black Strobe’s second album to be released in September 2014.
For fans of : Nick Cave , Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem, Elvis Presley, …
New cut ‘House of Good Lovin’ is a typically debauched return. An shadowy Americana and a low, growling delivery, it recalls Nick Cave’s vision of stateside violence or even The Cramps more intense moments.
Ce qui y est rafraichissant, c’est qu’au moment où toute la scène électro se reprend d’amour pour la techno et la house dans lesquelles Rebotini a fait plus que ses preuves, il revient, lui, vers un son quasi adolescent, réminiscence inattendue de groupes comme les Cramps ou Jon Spencer Blues Explosion comme l’atteste l’autre morceau qui accompagne le single – le bien nommé Tigerman.
‘Going Back Home‘ might not be the electro clash return many had hoped for but instead sees Rebotini and co continue to experiment with swamp blues and boogie, as Rebotini lays down another stunning vocal once again