Carton Sonore (Pierre Chandeze) has one of the most valuable instruments a person could need; an amazing voice! With this he manages to create all the sounds other voiceless people would have used instruments for. His voice is the magical item that can form beats, whistles, special effects, synthesizers, shakers and it even can be ‘a voice’.
You might know about this singer from Iceland who had made an album that was also solidly made with a voice and guest voices, but I feel Carton Sonore’s album ‘Animago’ captured the ‘no instrument vocals only’ concept much better. Perhaps because it’s all him, no external Icelandic choirs or pop star singer collaborations but just one artist squeezing out all vocal kinds of shapes and materials from its own throat floating out between his lips.
But it’s not just the creation of sounds and rhythm that is making this album one for a good music collection, it is in fact the things that Carton Sonore does with his vocal abilities; making good and interesting music. There are really nice ones on this album in which it’s full of holy warmth, trippy tongue licking grooves; these are my favorite things!
Carton Sonore might not be an Icelandic diva, neither have wings to fly away or dance on the backside of a moving truck while sticking out his tongue into a camera; but Carton Sonore has this magical mouth, tongue, lips and a musical brain to arrange and create things that is not only a very personal output; it is also a very good one. I would say to try to do something like Carton Sonore at home by yourself and see for yourself that it’s (1) not easy to create usable music sounds from only the mouth and (2) to arrange it to make pretty music with. Check it out over here: