Pauline Ganty ‘Après’ LP/CD/DIG (QFTF) 4/5

Après is a warm winter release. Full of light and heart. Pauline Ganty’s songs feel like a lush breeze. “Under the stars, someone’s dancing”. The opening song “Under The Moon” is an airy Bossa like pop song. A percussive piano vamp is grooving along and the melody develops. Pauline Ganty exceeds all expectations.

She carries her songs through a weightless wide, fantastic story space. Attached only to the essentials of meaningful music and songwriting. Strong lyrics, outstanding singing, great arrangements and a stunning band. Pauline Ganty voice and appearance is a mixture of a young Anita O’Day and Norah Jones.

All songs are originals of the 31-year-old Swiss-French artist. Except for “Way to Blue”, a cover of a Nick Drake Song, which comes in a moody romantic timbre, reminiscent of an epic James Bond title song.

Without effort, she manages her bandmates. Three of Switzerland’s most well-known jazz prodigies; Dominic Egli on Drums, Noé Macary playing the Piano and Fabien Iannone featured on double bass. The technical supremacy of this band get’s right to the heart of the music. No pretentiousness or macho show off. Each solo spot is another egoless statement contributing to Ganty’s musical direction and vision.

Even the saddest ballads on Après sound like Pauline Ganty is singing with a smile. It’s that sense of wisdom and foresight that she carries in her voice. Pauline Ganty takes you by the hand and installs sense and hope in each song. 

This is a well thought through feel-good album, no matter how dark times might get. After winter must always come spring.