Caravan Palace is a self-described électro-swing group from Paris, France, that made its full-length debut in 2008. Comprised of Charles Delaporte (bass, programming), Arnaud Vial (guitar, programming), Hugues Payen (violin, programming), Zoé Colotis (vocals), Antoine Toustou(electronics, trombone), and Camille Chapelière (clarinet), the group is chiefly inspired by Django Reinhardt but also cites Vitalic, Cab Calloway, Justice, Lionel Hampton, and Daft Punk among its influences.
After over a year hunkered down in their basement Paris studio, Caravan Palace have emerged into the light with a brand new single, ‘Miracle’, an infectious groove-laden piece of electronica which sees their sound evolve once again. This is the first taste of the band’s new album due for release in Spring 2019, and it will be accompanied by a much anticipated new video by Double Ninja, the team of directors behind “Lone Digger”, for a trip that promises to be memorable.
Caravan Palace has released <i°_°i>, their third studio album, on October 16th 2015. Created in their Parisian studios, where the electro-pioneers fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz to glorious effect, <i°_°i> evokes the spirit of a modernistic Quintette du Hot Club de France.
The musical sound bed for the vocally explosive, burlesqueblazoning Zoe Colotis is created by the band’s three founder members Hughes Paven (violin), Charles Delaporte (upright bass) and Arnaud Vial (guitar), plus Camille Chapelière (clarinet) & Antoine Toustou (trombone and electronics) over the beats provided by Paul-Marie Barbier (vibraphone, washboard, piano). The result is a decadent, potent cocktail of jazz manouche, hip-hop, jive, house and beats that defies simple categorisation.
The band’s appeal has grown off-radar, appreciated for both their musical virtuosity and their sheer ability to deliver a ballistic good time. Having originally formed in 2005 the band’s eponymous debut album in 2008 set the tone – a rip-roaring party, bursting with fun and good humour. This album went on to define a new sound called Electro Swing, while charting in their native France where it quickly attained a platinum sales award.
The second album, 2012’s ‘Panic’, featuring the massive tunes ‘Clash’ and ‘Rock It For Me’ remains a treat to listen to, whether in a burlesque bar or at home. Since its release the band’s live profile has risen unrelentingly, their concert tickets flying out with minimum promotion and zero-hype across the USA, a true word-of-mouth sensation that earned them a spot at Coachella last year.
With this new album, and the recent use of their music in a Diet Coke commercial, America is about to get very familiar with Caravan Palace.