Having presented himself on his first album as a human octopus that would devour anything that came within reach of its tentacles, Cascadeur has now finished digesting all these sounds and is ready to metamorphose and reach even higher.
To do this he had to go beyond the disturbed characters from his first adventures, like Walker, who would boil down his malaise into words as he roamed the streets.
His goal now is to step out of the natural melancholy that has come to define him.
Of course, a leopard cannot change its spots, and the lyrics on this second album still betray some of his recurring torments. Yet the fervour of the many people who applauded his live performances, and the choirs and orchestras that accompanied him through some of the 150 gigs on his first official tour, seem to have warmed his heart and inspired him to embark on this even more flamboyant musical opus.
To stay untouchable and to protect himself from the ever roaming evil spirits, Cascadeur has found the response to
maintain his mystery: from here forward he will be a ghost.
Cascadeur’s latest album ‘Ghost Surfer’ is a kaleidoscope of sound, a glittering rainbow opening a door into a parallel dimension.
Our hero has never forgotten his childhood dreams and on this new album he plays a present-day Casper who can surf on clouds faster than the wind and goes wherever his fancy takes him.
His musical spectrum is now wider than ever, an eclectic array of inventions and beats.
He still uses the same keyboards and machines, as if they were grafted to his fingertips, but Cascadeur has now gone one step further, creating more intense, complex arrangements that integrate acoustic instruments alongside their digital clones.
Cascadeur is still fascinated by the idea of splitting and multiplying, and he proves it here by inviting some eminent musicians to help him push back the frontiers of his music. Sometimes their thoughts seem to colonise his mind, as though he were living the dream of stepping into their bodies and brains.
The first surprise is a pretty big one, for we find Christophe making an unexpected solo (more or less) appearance in French (Collector);
- then backing vocals by Eric Pulido and Tim Smith from the American band Midlake (Casino, Visage Pale, White Space, “Babylon, Babylone???”),
- vocals by the founder of British band Tindersticks, Stuart A. Staples (The Crossing),
- Médéric Collignon’s magical cornet (White Space, The Crossing) and Tigran Hamasyan’s inspired piano-playing (Ladyday) represent the world of jazz,
- a bewitching appearance by Belgian soprano Anne-Catherine Gillet (Dark Passenger, Standalone, Visage Pale and Mohawk), and
- the devilish decks of Dj pFel (Ghost Surfer).
Not bad, eh? Each of these figures inspires a chapter of this lavish new adventure that is full of genius and emotion.
It could be the cast of a road movie shot in CinemaScope, whose many scenes flash past at the speed of light, launching us into outer space to reach for the stars.
Cascadeur still has the power to turn the world we thought we knew upside-down.