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Val Denham & Ô Paradis – Transform Thyself

Val Denham & Ô Paradis – Transform Thyself

Written by: Dyonisian Apollo
Artist Links: Val Denham  / Ô Paradis
Country: /
Label: Hau Ruck!
Genre: Lounge/Cabaret/Post Industrial


1 She’s A Witch
2 Glow
3 Memories And Dreams
4 Now The Bottles Empty
5 Split
6 Thinking Of My Girl
7 My Blackest Flowers
8 You’re Not My Type
9 Searching For Superman
10 My Lovely Val
11 We Don’t Spoil Another Couple
12 Saturday Night
13 Transform Thyself
14 Never Deny Them
15 Gravity
16 Icarus

Lately there’s a problem for me to categorize something as eccentric, the more i know, the more i listen to, the more understanding there is, the more i find something in art or in any kind of expression as something quite human, and with that i tend to imply some kind of utter normality out of any moral conception, out of any rarity, somehow predictable in its own terms. Yet what still surprises me is the sincerity and the lack of pollution that sincerity may bring to a work, whenever it comes back to art, sincerity is essential, it brings a difference, this unique condition some define as weirdness or eccentricity and sometimes it is different to bear for the insincere majority.

“Transform thyself” contains this pristine purity coming from a sincere need. A combination from the Mediterranean surrealism musically conceived by the now legendary Ô Paradis and the cabaret like aesthetic brought by Val Denham. Ô Paradis is at charge of conceiving the music that will serve as niche for Denham presentation, mounted elegantly around his voice to bring this aura of surreal cabaret music performed by organic machines bringing rhythms that comparatively shows the development and incredible versatility that Ô Paradis may bring to a scenario. Denham is the mistress at the platform, opening the show with a halo of strange elegance and proud openness and sometimes it is like a monologue or a self conversation where the only witness is the listener. The soundtrack is fascinating and very well adapted to the cadence of the voice, sometimes impressing with the sophistication of the strange arrangements that Damian used for paralleling voice and sound as well as the proper adaptation for the voice modulation and the detailed effects given.

Some may call it decadent or perhaps weird for the senses and maybe this album may have such character both in sound and expression for the common majority but I wonder if it is just merely because the topic it deals with and not the music per se as it is brilliant then. Songs about love and reflections motivated by the complexity of a singular personality in its own uniqueness cannot or shouldn’t be considered weird, perhaps the rarity comes from not being possible to understand them. Denham reminds me a lot of Genesis P Orridge in his intelligent discourse and the freedom of his expressiveness although been himself and that is something really interesting as perceived on the album experience overall. Ô Paradis shows its more developed work to date, at least in terms of composition as all his albums have this unique sound and aesthetic that no one else has but in here he is more dedicated to construct a soundtrack that covers a presentation, an scenario and perhaps a play with a character and this shows immense creativity and adaptation, a very well conceived and solid set of arrangements preserving part of his original sound. Good work.

Rating: 5/5