Geno Carrapetta: Prive (RIP)
On his new album Prive, Australian born artist Geno Carrapetta has taken his influences of 1960s and ’70s French music and film soundtracks and, for the most part, managed to craft an album that is not just a cheap imitation but one which is warm, heartfelt, and a lot of fun.
Over its nine tracks, the listener is treated to funk workouts, shimmery pop, cop drama soundscapes and 60s psychedelic heavy rock. Obvious touchstones are Santana, Miles Davis, Serge Gainsbourg, and Parliament.
The album perfectly captures the feels and sounds of the cocaine-fuelled excess of the late part of the 60 and early 70s yet it’s never bloated or OTT. In fact, most of the songs here are under the four minute mark with some only a minute long making it an album that does not outstay its welcome. Carrapetta obviously does have a genuine affinity for the period and his passion seeps out of the speakers making this no cheap cash-in. We are treated to glam pomp, funk-strut bounce, and electric guitar free-jazz freakouts which are all delivered with conviction and passion. Prive also uses the trick of finishing as it started, cajoling the listener into starting the album all over again.
The lushness and layering of the album deceives you into believeing this was recorded in a plush studio with multiple musicians when in actual fact it was created in Geno’s London home with regular collaborator and ‘Gentlemen’ bandmate Paul Housden.
The only negative to be found on Prive is that where all the pop influences are perfectly judged, it’s hard to see where the film soundtrack influences are. This does not detract, however, from the overall effect.
A perfect accompaniment to hedonistic summer nights or laid-back days, Prive is a purely enjoyable, smile inducing, listen.
All words by Simon Tucker, find his Luder Than War archive here.