Come with Us
Four years after their 2011 album Dring (GPM 035 CD), French house duo Nôze present their fifth album, Come With Us. Once again the pairing of Nicolas Sfintescu and Ezechiel Pailhes has yielded a collection of captivating and curious songs that could only come from the unique sound-world they inhabit. From their early experimental house days through their song-based material for Get Physical, the Parisian duo have always pushed their sound to deliver a new experience for themselves and their listeners with each release. On this occasion, Come With Us finds Sfintescu and Pailhes in a particularly introspective mood, reveling more than ever in personal reflection, both musically and lyrically. "Saint," for example, conjures up the romanticism of dustbowl blues with it's vagabond guitar tones (played by longtime collaborator Thibault Frisoni), while Sfintescu's voice reaches new distinctive heights in spellbinding tales like "Apache." Emiliano Turi also lends a new sense of natural groove to the Nôze sound with his live drumming, and as ever, Sfintescu and Pailhes are keen to bring their friends into the fold for guest vocal spots. Dani Siciliano spars beautifully with Sfintescu on the disco-inflected album opener "I Need to Know." dOP vocalist JAW, fresh from his 2014 Midtown project (CC 016 CD), joins in for the bittersweet balladry of "Come With Me." Although they may be committed to exploring more intimate forms of musicianship, Nôze are not a duo who have forgotten their dancefloor roots, and in recognition of this they offer up electrified alternative versions of every track on the album, included as a bonus CD with the CD version and available (along with the original album) via download code included with the double LP version. As a body of work in it's own right, these are less remixes and more original productions rich with the warmth of synthesized tones and powered by mechanized drums. The '70s feel of the album transfers to the remixes, the comforting hum of arpeggios and Moog growls finished off with a snappy modernity. On every level, Nôze have delivered an album that will satisfy their ardent fans of many years while demonstrating their expanding repertoire as they grow as artists. From the beginning it was clear they would never rest in one place, and now Come With Us is the perfect invitation to carry on down the path with two of Circus Company's original ambassadors.