SoundGuardian: “The album will bring you to your knees”

We all know that blues has a baby and that’s rock ‘n’ roll. But the blues has another kid and called it “Muddy Gurdy”. Where did it come from now? The story starts in France, inspired by a trio playing under the name of Hypnotic Wheels. […]

Svi znamo da blues ima dijete i to je rock ‘n’ roll. No, blues ima još jedno dijete i nazvali su ga “Muddy Gurdy”. Od kuda sada to? Priča ide iz Francuske, poticana od trija koji djeluje pod nazivom Hypnotic Wheels.  […] 

This French trio, composed by Tia Gouttebel (guitar, vocals), Gilles Chabenat (hurdy-gurdy, a traditional French instrument) and Marc Glomeau (percussion) traveled to Mississippi. And this incredible album was born. […]

Ovaj francuski trio u sastavu Tia Gouttebel (gitara, vokal), Gilles Chabenat (Hurdy-Gurdy – to je tradicionalni francuski instrument) i Marc Glomeau (udaraljke) uputio se na mjesto zločina i otišao na deltu Mississippija i tu je nastao ovaj nevjerojatan album.  […] 

We come to realize that the blues surounds us, that the blues is alive, real and ubiquitous. Standing in the middle of my room I am overwhelmed by Station Blues. […]

Razlog je jednostavan: slušajući razne prezentacijske forme bluesa, dolazimo do iskonske spoznaje da je blues svuda oko nas, on je itekako živ, on je stvaran i sveprisutan. Stojim u sredini svoje sobe slušam “Station Blues”. 

The music is inspired by what the legendary blues musicians RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Othar Turner and James “Son” Thomas left us, and by what their are descendants, Cedric Burnside, Shardé Thomas, Cameron Kimbrough and Pat Thomas are now doing. They give the whole story authenticity. But to me personally it is somehow this French trio, Hypnotic Wheels, that gives some kind of “mojo” to all the songs.  […]

U ovom glazbenom stilu osjeća se ta tradicijska glazbena baština, koja zrači onime što su radili legendarni blues glazbenici RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Othar Turner i James “Son” Thomas a sada to čine njihovi potomci, Cedric Burnside, Shardé Thomas, Cameron Kimbrough i Pat Thomas. Da, oni su dali cijeloj priči autentičnost, no meni osobno se nekako čini da je upravo ovaj francuski trio, Hypnotic Wheels, svim pjesmama dao taj osjećaj, taj “mojo”. 

All 13 songs will win you right away. The atmosphere, the relaxed style will bring you to your knees. I am still standing in the middle of my room and I simply cannot believe what I am hearing. This is just like blues. This is deeper and stronger than traditional blues.   […]

Svih 13 pjesama osvojit će vas na prvu i taj ugođaj, taj opušteni stil prezentacije mora vas baciti na koljena. Još uvijek stojim u sredini svoje sobe i naprosto ne vjerujem da to čujem, ovo je kao iskonski blues, ovo je dublje i jače i veće od tradicionalnog bluesa.

It is so “damned” good!  […]

To tako “prokleto” dobro!

By Mladen “Mike” Loncar. Read the full review (in Croatian), in the Sound Guardian‘s Blues Corner.