Review: Caravan Palace @ O2 Forum Kentish Town (London, 15th December 2015)

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Are you ready to dance tonight? Because we are super ready‘. Last Tuesday saw Caravan Palace rock the socks off a sold out O2 Forum in a gig of crisp, well-executed electro-swing, justifying their spot at the top of the genre.

After an unwaveringly dull support act of  rarely distinguishable soft thuds, an audience of all ages were re-animated by the Parisian electro-pioneers as they kicked off with two highlights from their recent album <I°_°I> (or Robot) – ‘Comics’ and ‘Lone Digger’. With all musicians soloing with aplomb and a captivating energy of front lady Zoé Colotis emanating from the stage, every member took it turns to hype the Kentish Town collective as a night of cravat-knotting boogying ensued.

Trios of performances by the outfit-changing Colotis were interspersed with instrumentals as the swing kings combined pumping clarinet, well-defined keyboard and guitar, reverberating saxophone and well amped xylophone to toe-tapping effect.

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Charleston dance-off’s between Colotis and Antoine Toustou’s during the likes of ‘Rock It For Me’ were complimented by smoother ballads, such as a soulful rendition of ’12 Juin 3049′. The audience were finally brought home with the exuberant mega-hit ‘Jolie Coquine’, where no moves were left unbusted.

Whilst the gig wasn’t ground-breaking for the band and for electro-swing, it was performed to near perfection. And, what with the packed venue demanding a night of souped-up 1920s dance hall revelry, no one was in the mood for new sound. Therefore, with the band once again fusing hedonistic house and old school jazz to glorious effect, Caravan Palace at the O2 Forum represented one of the merriest gigs this winter.

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