Cajun/Folk/Americana band Cochon Bleu is giving listeners a down-home taste of the bayou in their latest LP “Not Blue.” Although these guys hail all the way across the ocean from Holland, they know how to capture that hard, rocking, shit-kicking vibe of Cajun style Rock & Roll. Prepare yourself for a great auditory experience….
On the song “Abandonne,” it begins right off with great guitars, a nice beat, drums, and the classic zydeco style accordion that is heard throughout this genre of music. The song is upbeat and infectious… it doesn’t matter if the listener doesn’t speak French and can’t understand the lyrics. The emotion is all that matters, and this song puts you in a good mood! The instrumentation is great, and the vocals and harmonizing are spot-on. “Bretagne” is a slower affair, and again features great guitar and the unique mix of classic accordion with a more modern vibe to the other instrumentation. This song has a slinky, sexier feel to it, with the vocals sung in a lower more sensual tone. The French lyrics make the song even sexier. It’s catchy, and grabs your attention even if you do not understand what is being said in the lyrics. A bluesier, grittier offering from the band is the song “Eh Ya Ya.” It has more of a Country feel, with tenacious guitar and great harmonizing. It’s the perfect song for line dancing in a honky-tonk bar, stomping on the sticky floor covered with spilt beer and peanut shells with your cowboy boots on. Like all the other songs by this band, it’s a very enjoyable song to listen to.
Cochon Bleu is a band with a good sense of what makes a song fun and great to listen to. They have an almost expert grasp on what makes a good zydeco-style song with a modern twist. The vocals and instrumentation all come together to create a wonderful sound that makes you want to get up and dance. This band proves that you don’t have to be from the backwoods of Louisiana to know how to create great Cajun/Americana music!