Tonight, French electro-swing giants Caravan Palace will be gracing the stage of New York City’s Irving Plaza for an extravaganza unlike many we’ve seen since the Roaring '20s. Formed in 2005, the trio began developing a European following, particularly in their home country, after the release of their self-titled debut album in 2008. After allowing a few years for a buzz to build, the Parisian trio released their second album, Panic, to critical acclaim, this time stretching their boundaries further across Europe and then across the pond to our ears in the States. The electro-swing genre is one that has been gaining steam here with the recent popularity of artists like Parov Stelar, whose remix of his own track, “Chambermaid Swing,” has been made famous through Bacardi commercials. The jazz-infused, big band sound on top of thumping electronic beats is an interesting combination to say the least, and works remarkably well in bringing organic flavor to an otherwise synthetic type of music.
What separates an act like Caravan Palace from their colleagues, though, is their outstanding live show. While the production of their studio work is done by a trio using a bit of live instrumentals on top of computer generated sounds, the number of players on stage actually more than double in the live setting. The computers are joined by vocals, clarinet, violin, guitar, stand-up bass, and of course, a trombone—what would anything considered “swing” be if it didn’t have horns? The music itself is fun, sure, as swing music is inherently supposed to cause a ruckus. However, when you throw down an electronic beat made for dancing and the depth of having live instrumentals over these pre-recorded tracks, everything is taken to the next level! Not to mention, the artists on stage know a few things about the dances of the 1920's, tossing each other around with ease in scenes resembling something out of Boardwalk Empire. If you’re looking for something fun to do on a Thursday night, look no further. Just don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes.
Check out Caravan Palace, coming to a city near you!