Stream The Barbazons’ Avec Plaisir

Niccolo Porcello

Barbazons Avec Plaisir

Cambridge, MA’s The Barbazons (formerly The Fagettes) have released Avec Plaisir, a fuzzy 10-track trip of an album that feels undeniably joyful in intention—this is garage rock at its sun-shiniest. Each howl and thump from the Barbazons seems more prideful than the last, and at nearly every turn these are paired with a healthy amount of fuzz from the guitars of Ryan Major and Matt Garlick. The pensive “Sleeptalkin” and the surf-rock “Tsunami” are standouts on the album, with the latter hitting an immense section towards the end that stands as one of the shreddiest surf sections I’ve ever heard in a long while. “Chilly” is a sort of 60s-pop jam very much in the vein of former Boston-ites Lucius, and “Stems & Seeds” is about, well, you know. Considered all together, Avec Plaisir is collection of tracks that eschew heavy virtuosity for an emphasis on enjoyment; rarely is there a moment on the album that couldn’t be considered fun, and it results in an album that sounds like it was as fun to make as it is to listen to.

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Avec Plaisir is out now on KLYAM Records. You can stream it below, via their Bandcamp.

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