Lo'Jo are one of the more mysterious bands, or collectives, to emerge from France. The oft-used term 'world music' is apropos for what Lo'Jo create, but in their case it just doesn't convey the strange map by which the band steers. Boheme de Cristal snakes along in a wide variety of styles, almost like an avant-garde cabaret or auditory Cirque de Soleil.
Very high marks go to the bass work of Nico "Kham" Meslieu, whose sinuous lines and dub influences help build Lo'Jo's foundation on a dark swamp. Check out the creole vocals and headlong rush of "Bambritcho," a track that puts me in mind of the supernatural skunk-funk of Lo'Jo's prior CD "Mojo Radio." Lo'Jo, thankfully, never bore; their inventiveness keeps you guessing as to what is around the corner. And if their one English song, "In the Commotion," makes sense to you: "In the commotion I believe/ I saw you/dreaming dead lovers/then choreographing all their gestures/mine all/their words/mine all this/blow it up," then welcome to the circus, and let Lo'Jo bring the dynamite. - Lee Blackstone
"Baji Larabat" © 1999 Emma/Lo'Jo
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