Bess of Bedlam – Dance Until The Crimes End (Dur et Doux) – Bess of Bedlam, the rather beautiful duo from Lyon, France, made up of Fanny L’Héritier and Guillaume Médioni, both also members of the rather wonderful Odessey and Oracle, released a rather glowing album back at the start of Summer, a deliciously bright album, a sometimes dreamy album called Dance Until The Crimes End . A whimsical yet sophisticated album, sometimes tinged with psychedelic folk, sometimes almost touching on delicate (but never fragile) pop in a slightly Kate Bush meets Robert Wyatt (with just a hint of Joni Mitchel) kind of way. Along the album’s path we encounter feminist activists at Greenham Common, we meet three women whose destinies intertwine. a Russian anarchist woman in the 20’s, a mother and her daughter endlessly struggling, we find all kinds of tales of what wise women can do, all kinds of hints of intriguing things. All these adventures “sublimated by winding melodies and harmonic surprises, to which Bess of Bedlam alone holds the key”. Whimsical yes, but never too sweet, never twee, there’s a sharpness underneath, there’s a lot underneath actually.
And yes, more end of the year nipping and tucking, we thought we’d reviewed this back in the summer, it was certainly previewed and taster tracks shares, the album once again heavily featured on our Other Rock Show over on Resonance FM and surely we reviewed it? Alas no, hey, 2022 has been a busy year, lots of art needing to be made, there is always time to put our music hats on. Here we are going back through the year’s reviews, pulling together those obligatory end of year best albums lists and such and yes, Dance Until The Crimes End has to be right up there. Dance Until The Crimes End really is a eleven delightful musical treats, one of the standout albums of the year from one of the very best labels of recent years. Shall we just move to Lyon?
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