Louisiana roots group Feufollet (French for "crazy fire")
mixes up an irresistible combination of Cajun, mountain music, and rock 'n'
roll. Their first album in five years, Two Universes—out this week on the Thirty Tigers label—offers
some beautiful new tunes. The title track, for example, is played in waltz time
where the simplicity and emotion of the approach have real sensitivity and
power; this song features sweet female/male vocal interplay and some lovely,
plaintive fiddle parts.
Keyboard fans will feel extra love for the mighty organ
playing by Andrew Toups, who brings Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Farfisa and B3 sounds,
as well as piano, to the musical party. Plus, Chris Stafford adds to the band's stage
presence as well as their sound with exuberant accordion work. On
the first single, "Tired of Your Tears,
Stafford riffs delicately off of fiddle player Chris Segura's melodic
parts. The track "Pris Dans La Vie Farouche" is a '50s doo-wop-style treat, sung in French, and showcasing Toups'
soulful B3 touches. What else is there?