Chat Noir: Nine Thoughts For One Word album review
Ambient crossover with plenty of passion from Chat Noir
It’s good when a band expands their sound into different areas, though it’s not without danger: change too much and you risk alienating your existing audience. Happily this is an unlikely fate for Chat Noir, who, since their 2006 debut, have drifted far from their jazz trio origins with each successive release. For their sixth album, a change in personnel proves to be a significant catalyst. Long-time drummer Guiliano Ferrari has been replaced by ambient master J Peter Schwalm. The triggered beats and subtle electronica-inspired atmospheres Schwalm brings dovetail neatly with Michele Cavallari’s already expansive keyboards and bassist Luca Fogagnolo’s penchant for dispensing subterranean shockwaves.