It’s been a while since Jaune Toujours came up with a brand new studio album, but, at last, here it is -- ROUTES. In the period since their 2009 album KOLEKTIV, Jaune Toujours have been busy in all kinds of other ways. In 2010 they got thousands of people dancing, in 12 different Belgian cities, to ‘Ici Bxl’ on the occasion of the Belgian EU-presidency. In the same year, they released the remix album RE:PLUGGED. As Ik En Den Theo/Moi Et Le Théo, JT frontman Piet Maris en drummer Theophane Raballand launched a very successful series of concert for children. Tied together with a book and cd, that project still continues to run on both sides of the Belgian linguistic border. In 2012, Jaune Toujours took another step in its collaboration with the Gangbé Brass band from Benin, and, alongside of that, continue to tour at venues around the world.
The group’s adventurous mix of roots, punk, pop, jazz, dub, ska and Balkan sounds continues to excite audiences and fans across Europe, Africa and Canada. This despite the remarkably atypical instrumental line-up of the outfit: no guitars, a frontman who plays the accordion and a steaming rhythm section with jumpy horns.
The new recording has been a labour of love for the band. Jaune Toujours worked with focus and determination. Again, they continue to push at musical boarders: “from lazy and groovy to intensively nervous, contagiously cheery and exuberantly etnic. Music with a clear message, that can only put you in a good mood” says Piet Maris.
Along for the ride are the “compagnons de ROUTES”, musical friends who have helped bring variation to the album. All are musicians with whom Jaune Toujours has a sound relation after years of collaborations: the Roma-women of Mec Yek, the hypnotic percussion of LKMTIV, the krar (a 5-string Eritrean instrument) from Radio Transit revelation Samson Okbo and the powerful horns and percussion of the Gangbé Brass Band from Benin.
That said, ROUTES is still very much a Jaune Toujours album. “We only play the music we like” says Piet, “and our lyrics say what they have to say, without compromise. We want to kick ourselves and the rest of the world into having a necessary social conscience.” “C’est parti!” he exlaims by way of conclusion.