WHILE Ludovic Navarre’s output can hardly be described as prolific (two albums in two decades), behind the scenes, the French DJ, producer and artist behind St. Germain has been looking for a new sound.
His first album Boulevard was released 1995, but it was Navarre’s multi-platinum breakthrough album Tourist that sold more than three million copies worldwide and then… nothing. After a global tour, Navarre disappeared. In a recent interview in The Independent, the artist revealed the reason behind the sudden absence: he’d gone searching for inspiration; and what he discovered has finally led him back into the studio.
His new self-titled album, recorded with West African musicians, features traditional instruments including the Malian kora and the n’goni (similar to the harp and the lute), mingled with saxophones, pianos and electric guitars. The newly released single ‘Real Blue’, featuring vocals by Lightnin’ Hopkins is being called “the perfect summer track”.
Influenced by an eclectic range of philosophies and sounds, the music by the man who was an early advocate for the “French Touch”, is difficult to define, but even harder to forget, but critics are already saying this long awaited album has been worth the wait.
See St.Germain at The Forum, Melbourne on Monday, 14th March and Enmore Theatre, Sydney, on Tuesday, 15th March.
Tickets on sale now: livenation.com.au