The Deslondes - self-titled
The Deslondes' self-title album is a soulful old-time sound in a country/soul- cross over style. There's a bit of a beer-hall sing-along vibe going on through big parts of it that I like a lot. It's mostly a down-tempo album full of shuffles, upright-bass lines that roll along, and keyboard riffs, especially acoustic piano riffs, that have an early R&B vibe to them. And yet, there's a we're-all-in-this-together spirit that makes the album more positive that negative. I like it when a band can infuse sad songs with a we-shall-prevail spirit and this album has a lot of that. As I listen to the album, I keep wanting to compare them to the Felice Brothers. Maybe The Deslondes are a little more traditional than the Felice Brothers. But there's a similar vibe in their approach to songwriting. The other band that comes to mind when listening to the Deslondes is Hurray For The Riff Raff. The Deslonde's sound is much more traditional sounding than HFTRR, but both bands are based out of New Orleans and I think that largely explains their relaxed, easy going sound. I've hear that the two bands often tour together.
I'm adding "Fought The Blues And Won," "Those Were (Could've Been) The Days," "The Real Deal," and "Somebody's Still Something" to rotation.
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- "The Real Deal" is featured on Americana Music Show #249.
- "Fought The Blues And Won" is featured on Americana Music Show #250.
- "Those Were (Could've Been) The Days" is featured on Americana Music Show #251.
- "Somebody's Still Someone" is featured on Americana Music Show #252.
- "Simple And True" is featured on Americana Music Show #254.