Bluesy and folksy feel-good sounds emanate all throughout Made In Gaspésie, an 11-track album by French-American artist Eric John Kaiser. Recorded in Quebec’s Gaspé Region, Kaiser aptly brings together sounds, images, and story telling into an engrossing product that celebrates the province’s landscape and culture. With a cool and swaggering performance delivered over well-crafted guitar compositions, Made In Gaspésie is a down-to-earth joy that showcases beauty and nature.
The record opens with “Terre brûlée,” a song that is as sweet as the title suggests, with Kaiser stylishly trotting forward from the start with feel-good rock vibes. “La capitane” has a more folksy, narrative feel, and with “Ma blonde” on track 3, Kaiser aptly shows off the down-to-earth vibes of the record right in the first few cuts.
“Un éternel été” brings on a more garage rock feel, with Kaiser bringing in sunny and airy vibes as he sings about an eternal summer. It complements “Le droit de rêver,” a more upbeat and nuanced rocker that shows off the singer’s more stylish side.
“Le blues du voyeur” is without a doubt the most swaggering track on the record, with Kaiser’s narrative prowess exchanging skillfully with a contagious blues-infused chorus.
Kaiser then shows off some of the coolest guitar work in “Une place au soleil,” crafting together a solid instrumental that allows his vocals to shine even more. It’s a perfect melodic prelude to “Mes amis,” a head bobbing stomper that features some of the album’s more slick drum work.
The tail end of the record sees Kaiser crooning on “Road Trip,” a summery banjo and guitar cut that has the best radio sensibility on the record and is indeed perfect for a road trip. An accessible track that is topped off by Kaiser’s saccharine vocal work, “Road Trip” is sure to be a fan favourite.
The record ends with “Les sirènes de Petite-Vallée,” a melodic conclusion that feels like a proper goodnight. “Les sirènes de Petite-Vallée” is one of the more sultry tracks on the record, with Kaiser sounding more seductive than story-telling on this cut.
Suffering only from a minor case of being a little too monotonous in sound, Made In Gaspésie has a slight misfortune of coming off a little too nichey. Fans of folk and blues music will adore how genuine and personal this record sounds, but fans looking for a diverse musical piece may have to look elsewhere.
Still, Made In Gaspésie is a skillful piece of musical story telling that is soulful and full of life. Eric John Kaiser masterfully weaves the sounds of the Quebec region into this album, making Made In Gaspésie a magical experience.
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