Since their debut, 'Parole De Navarre' in 2006, Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones have been masters of their trade. In 2011, their masterpiece 'Metamanoir' came out, followed by 'Quatorze Pieces De Ménace' two years later. The elements are always similar: gloomy jazz, chansonic jazz vocals, noisy guitars and heaps of lingering soundscapes. On 'Astrild Astrild' the band follows that path. Perhaps that is the first thing I noticed, unlike some passages on their two previous albums, there is nothing surprising and genre-bending to be found here.
Is that bad? Of course not. It's Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones, a band that has once again created some delightful dark jazz tunes, best to be enjoyed while chasing ghosts and bad memories. I'm not going into a song by song description on this one. Hell, I'm not even going to mention any of the songs. In fact, I'm going to take a little break from writing this review to order the album and see if they sell new t-shirts as well. My old one is almost worn out.
Right, the album should be on its way here soon, so let's go on with the review. In all fairness, I don't think 'Astrild Astrild' is their best album to date but then again, it would be extremely tough to equal 'Métamanoir'. However, it is a carefully crafted and brilliant piece of dark jazz that definitely earns a spot in your collection. Once again, there are plenty of highly immersive passages and a gritty, gloomy atmosphere. So yes, I can only recommend this album to all dark jazz fans out there.