Indie-rock/pop singer-songwriter Louise Aubrie just released her fifth studio album, Antonio, via Carrot Bone Records, recorded in London and mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by Ken Sluiter and Dave Collins, respectively.
Louise explains, “The title is inspired by a line from the Jacques Brel song ‘La Chanson De Jacky:’ ‘Même si on m’appelle Antonio’ – ‘My name would be Antonio.’ It’s a brilliant fantastical song about fame being fleeting and imagining how life might be in the future: being washed up, reflecting on the glory days!! Marc Almond did a brilliant cover of it – one of my favorite songs – and I created a vision of who Antonio might be: an aging European lothario going round the clubs. A lot of the songs were inspired by that image – I don’t know anyone called Antonio in the real world!”
Antonio features the talents of Boz Boorer (guitar, keyboards), Frank Horovitch (guitar), Andy Woodard (drums, bass), and Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (keyboards).
Encompassing 10-tracks, entry points include “Ours,” a deliciously charismatic tune rippling with gleaming colors atop an alluring rhythm. The flow of the harmonics not only magnetizes listeners’ ears but delivers sublimely bewitching layers of sound, along with Louise’s opulent voice.
“Home” opens on incandescent guitars riding luscious rumbling drums as Louise’s unique voice imbues the lyrics with irresistible timbres, smooth yet potent. “Last,” travels on glistening, jangly guitars atop a driving rhythm. The song summons up memories of The Go-Go’s, pumping out scintillating washes of polychromatic coloration.
“I really don’t know why he started to growl / What is happening now / Where is Antonio?”
“Told,” reminiscent of Blondie, rolls out on darker hues as Louise’s plush voice infuses the lyrics with tantalizing textures. “Hard” blends elements of indie-rock and hints of Latin flavors into a wonderfully contagious tune, accented by a tasty Latin-laced horn.
“Dark” features glimmering platinum-hued guitars and a tight, crisp rhythm. While “Lies” merges leitmotifs of indie-rock and alt-pop savors into a brightly percolating tune. On this track, Louise’s vocals mirror a beguiling femme fatale quality.
Antonio is a grand, gem of an album, full of shimmering guitars and vibrant rhythms, all capped by the deluxe voice of Louise Aubrie.