ABSYNTHE……MONSIEUR CAMEMBERT (MGM)
Sydney based combo Monsieur Camembert blends gypsy tango/swing and klezmer with a winning tongue-in-cheek insouciance that is instantly intoxicating and highly infectious. Finely executed percussion free stop/start rhythm is delivered often furiously via acoustic guitar and double bass, allowing horn and reed flourishes to enable Svetlana Bunic’s accordion lead across a landscape shared by, most recently, the Ennio Morricone Experience. Guttural Yiddish lyrics eschew Hebrew hubris with madcap Danny Kaye smarts, unfolding as all eyes, sighs and thighs and culminating in a jaunty cover of a song designed to be sung at a fully sated wedding reception, A Good Time Was Had By All.
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