Operating as one half of the duo known as Haussmann, Claude Violante has taken time to put out a solo effort. The result is an infectious collection of analog synth goodness, Linndrum beats and reverb-drenched vocal melodies.
The opening track, “For You” is a melancholy charmer that spells out exactly what you can expect from the next three tracks. Layers of synth pads over simple bouncing one-note minor key basslines provide the perfect backdrop for Violente’s simple, yet pitch perfect melodies (which are also treated heaping helpings of reverb). And, while the melodies shimmer like sunlight on water, Violante’s restraint in letting the music drive the track is a pleasant surprise.
If there is a yang to “For You”‘s yin, it’s the second track, “Your Way.” The thick arpeggiated basslines, piano stabs and disco claps put this track squarely on the dance floor, echoing early Heaven 17, China Crisis and even Moby. The vocal phrasing, however, is very contemporary and should appeal to fans of Lisa Shaw and Samantha James.
If there was one song that would make my “Dancing All Night on a Rooftop at the End of Summer” playlist, it would be the closing track, “Parade,” with its beat that comes squarly out of early Juan Atkins projects like Cybotron and Model 500.
In the end, Claude Violante bides by the old adage of “leave them wanting more” as the only real flow with this release is that there isn’t enough of it. So set your iPod to repeat, as it will save you the time of having to manually start it over and over again.