Album Review: Caracol – Shiver

By on Friday, 4th October 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Caracol Shiver album coverOut now, there is a lovely new album from French-Canadian singer Carole Facal, under the moniker Caracol. ‘Shiver’ is full of jaunty sounds and wistful lyrics. Its sweeping sound glides over some deeper depths while still managing to be cheerful and accessible. Following great success in both Canada and France, Facal is branching out and testing the waters further afield by singing primarily in English on this album. With only two songs in French, ‘Certitudes’ and ‘Blanc Mercredi’, both taken from her previous album, she is now more accessible to an English market.

Starting off as a professional snowboarder doesn’t seem like the most logical choice for an indie folk singer but there you have it. Facal spent 6 years pursuing that passion before turning to songwriting. Add to that a background that includes classical training on violin, and you have the potential for very interesting music.

Opening with a ‘60s girls band throwback sound in ‘All the Girls’, Facal establishes her roots. The punchier ‘Shiver’ (promo video below) is a good choice for the first single, and the rousing ‘Horseshoe Woman’ is a fun romp. Since I know no French at all, I wonder what the two French tunes are about, but I do know they sound both dreamy and driving. Darker songs ‘Sailor Boy’ and ‘The Sabres of Truth’ show Facal in clear strong voice simply accompanied by ukulele in the former and acoustic guitar in the latter. These two are the strongest pieces on the album with lines like, “Here they come, the sabres of truth / lost in a field of stars, my eyes are open most painfully / So here they come, and they’ve done just what they meant to”.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NBwjS8njOU[/youtube]

Her sound varies dramatically from track to track, ranging from retro-soul arrangements to pure folk melodies with quite a bit in between. It’s nearly impossible to categorize her music. My criticism is that with so much going on, the album is a touch disjointed. The songs are a little torchy, a touch country, and some straight up indie. A more uniform sound or at least a better flow from one style to the next would have appealed to me more. But with influences the likes of Amy Winehouse, Jack White, Billy Holiday and Gillian Welch, her eclecticism comes through honestly. Lead single ‘Shiver’ has been heard on both BBC Radio 2 and 6Music, so listen for it.

7/10

‘Shiver’, the new album from French-Canadian singer Carole Facal aka Caracol, is out now on Indica Records.

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12:05 pm
4th October 2013

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9:10 pm
4th October 2013

Worldwide shipping of CDs and Merch available directly from the Artist Own Webstore.
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9:12 pm
4th October 2013

Worldwide shipping of CDs and Merch available directly from the Artist Own Webstore.
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