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CD REVIEW: Secret Season - Paris Rain Dances

By: Cyrus Rhodes









Artist: Secret Season

CD: Paris Rain Dances

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://secret-season.com/

Genre: Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Pop

Sounds Like: B52ís, The Talking Heads, The White Stripes, and Velvet Underground

Technical Grade: 10/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Angel Kiss Goodbye, Just One thing, In the Beginning

Weakness: More Instrumentation




France-based Secret Season just released their second CD entitled Paris Rain Dances. Band consists of Mark Moogalian on vocals/guitar and percussion and Isabelle Risacher on vocals, keyboards and flute. Mark and Isabelle started making music together in 2005 in Paris, France where they formed SECRET SEASON in 2009. They play as a duo (guitar/keyboards, voice) during live performances, and add other instruments for studio recordings. They released 'On Our Own', their first album, in the spring of 2011.

The CD kicks things off with the intoxicating "In the Beginning" a bluesy-rocking intro piece that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with its hooky rock rhythm, impressive guitar licks against hypnotic vocal vibe from Mooglian and Risacher. Track 2 "Living a True Story" is a foreboding follow-up piece that serves up slow-grooving rock groove against rocked-out groove and thought-provoking lyrical content. Track 3 "Ana Naki" shifts gears a bit with its psychedelic vibe and hooky melody eventually leading into a really cool piece with trippy lyrics and subject matter that can be described as infectious and are whacked out. The CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 impressive songs in a row. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of such acts like the B52's, The Talking Heads, The White Stripes, and Velvet Underground. For the record Secret Season's sound is extremely original and at times hard to pigeonhole. The music itself is an impressive blend of Indie-Alternative rock and even has a Psychedelic-Electronica overtones. All movements are extremely dynamic and melodic in nature. The vocal pairings of Moogalian and Risacher goes down smooth and is full of passion, reckless abandon and amazing eccentricity. The musicianship and production strokes from these 2 are top flight with impressive solo guitar work and a rhythm section that push the natural accents well. The songs themselves are extremely catchy, hooky and are comparable to a drug. The vocal hooks are masterful and effective. Each song possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. From grooving "Angel Kiss Goodbye", to trippy "Over" to melodic "La-Bas" to heartfelt "Goin' Back Again" to rocking "I Wanna Ride" to my personal favorite "Just One Thing" this CD has something for just about everyone. THE CD ends with Track 12 "I know There'll Come a Day", the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

I normally dedicate this paragraph to weaknesses found. One small recommendation. For future releases I would recommend this 2-some incorporate a few more instruments into their line-up.

Secret Season's second release Paris Rain Dances clearly proves these 2 are a force to be reckoned with in France. The guitar playing is amazing, the bass and drum rhythms have serious low end groove, the songs are all short and sweet musical experiences, The overall production is a 12-track statement from start to finish with no weak songs in the catalogue. . All in all, these 2 make for a deadly combination.

Cyrus Rhodes


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