“20 years. 20 years of career… Benabar by his real name Bruno Nicolini needs a break. Human. True. Dear, fun and an urgent return to fundamental values: family, family, friendship, truth. Life what! Bruno must reinvent Benabar. A craftsman at heart, he will take his time, work, refine, constantly return to the tone, the words, the subject… It will take almost three years, to find himself faced with the sketch of an acceptable new project. Now it had to be decided how to shape it, how to dress it, how to match it with the general tone of the songs, the air of the times and that of its author. Where to go, and with whom. When? When?
July 2017, alignment of planets: the meeting, it is Mark Daumail, soul of the group Cocoon… between bursts of laughter and misty nights, precise chords and genius moves, it is thus in the home studio of Cocoon that the expected 8th album will be born. Much more folk, with this electro touch and Mark’s recognizable sound, Benabar’s songs will find a new setting and an incredible freedom, made of lightness and cleverness. In The Beginning of the Suite, it is about the future, about positivity, it is also about moving forward. Not to mention the incredible Bénabar trademark of relaxation, sharpness, self-derision and humour.
And the alchemy works: wanting more refined, livelier, more lively arrangements, Mark and Bruno have created timeless songs.
In this Beginning of the following, you will smile, dance, reflect and perhaps even cry. The 2018 Bordeaux Bénabar is a great vintage. Have a good trip.
© Florence Levillain et Stephane Kovalsky
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