I imagine many people would be surprised to know that I list Bob Dylan amongst my top five favorite musicians of all time. Maybe I wouldn’t feel that way had I discovered his music on CDs, or the internet, but it’s sort of impossible not to fully escape into everything that was his world when you’re digging through your parents vinyl collection, playing the records one at a time, knowing none of the names, until you find a sound that overtakes you. For as much as the trademark sound of Dylan’s voice is an allure, it’s more that he knows the power contained within that voice and builds his instrumentation to rise alongside each important syllable. With many Dylan songs I feel you could remove the vocals and the instrumentation would still lead you from start to end with the same intended enunciations.
Corte Real is a six-piece folk and classic rock rooted act from Versailles. Their vocalist recalls not only Dylan’s tone, but as a band they possess that same very special ability to craft instrumentation that follows the ebb & flow of their lyrics. Presumably named after the Portuguese family of explorers (father João Vaz and sons Gaspard and Miguel were all notable seafarers), their songs evoke visions of cobbled streets, dusty books and dimly lit bars frequented by Academics. Piano and horn harmonies set the scene for words that unfold into stories.
Corte Real have one EP, titled St. Louis, recorded and released this year through Studio C.B.E. who conveniently seem to only exist as a MySpace page. Good luck finding it.
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