This album was born from the meeting between MORIARTY and MARJOLAINE KARLIN, due to their many trips to the Reunion Island.
Several “zorèys” were needed to take on Alain Péters In Wonderland.
A language as dense and flowery as a tropical forest, voices as lost in the reverb as in the mermaid’s song, an iconic islander, the fumes of rum, an exposed heart… We’d like to be the friend who reaches out to the poet in distress, but we’re just a group of musicians covering his songs.
Alain Peters is a pillar of Reunion Island music, a local idol, and on top of that, the rhythms of the Indian Ocean are known to be unplayable, incomprehensible, for anyone who’s not a local. There’s a bridge to get across, a suspension bridge over oceans.
You don’t translate the Créole language to understand it; it’s its spirit that must be captured. Likewise for the music. It needs to be found within, this intimate place where a secret language is spoken, moving, the language of the soul, of the heart, of imagination, a language of resistance, proud and rebellious.
Alain Peters expresses himself from a very deep place, so righteous, so simple and so sincere, so unique, too, at the crossroads of music genres, religions, continents… Between Catholicism and Hinduism, Africa and The Western World, between rock ‘n’ roll and “bal la poussière”, between the star system and a home studio, a rare pearl was born out of a grain of sand in the system.
Continuing the dialogue started by Alain Peters has required a lot. There are six of us: two singers and four musicians, retracing the steps of an angel’s descent into Hell.
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