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Paris Combo play upbeat blend at Melbourne Recital Centre / The Sydney Morning Herald review

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Tako Tsubo – the title of Paris Combo's new album – is the scientific term for what we mortals might call "broken-heart syndrome".  For singer Belle du Berry, the phrase offers a jumping-off point: a chance to explore, through music, the connection between our emotional and physical self. Of course, much of the poetry and wit of du Berry's lyrics are lost when she performs outside France, but her onstage demeanour is so expressive that communication is never an issue.  Part gamine charm, part playful seduction, her delivery fuses theatrical instincts with jazz-inflected phrasing that accentuates the band's irresistible rhythmic and melodic hooks.

Despite the sometimes bumpy emotional terrain during last night's Sat. March 25th performance at Melbourne Recital Centre du Berry traverses through her lyrics, the band's signature sound is an ebullient, upbeat blend of vintage jazz, swing and pop-cabaret.  But perhaps the songs that linger longest in the memory are those that induce reverie rather than revelry, like the tender Notre Vie Comme Un Western or the shadowy Sous La Lune, where du Berry's hushed voice casts a spell over Lewis' horn (its bell dipped in a bowl of water), weaving a dark fairytale wrapped in a muted lullaby.

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