Merci de votre visite !
par Yann Kouton (Translated from the French)
With "Le Sourire", Clément Verzi, who shone on The Voice a few years ago, shows the full extent of his talent, and reveals the breadth of his universe. His rough, melodic music works wonders on songs whose compositional finesse is often reminiscent of that of Frédéric Lo.
While the beginning of the album shines a light on clear-cut pop, it then becomes much harsher, with a succession of tracks that are still chiselled, but in which cracks and shadows gradually show through. The clear line becomes blurred, and, like Clément Verzi's voice, reveals asperities and a striking depth.
The album's grace lies in this journey from light to darkness. It's like a gradual stripping down, which is also evident in the arrangements, which become increasingly minimalist as the album progresses. The album concludes with two powerful, haunting blues tracks that explode with the musician's melancholy.
This smile "Ce sourire" is aptly named, as the sketch of a light-heartedness clothed in a beautiful gravity. Clément Verzi offers an elegant musical journey, from pop to blues, that would be a shame not to take.
©Clément Verzi Music