Scuru Cauru, new album in April 2023, meandering, enchanted songs inspired by Sicily’s rugged mountains and the backstreets of Palermo and Oran.
French four-piece Crimi are back with their second album Scuru Cauru which continues the band’s exploration of diasporic experiences, mediterranean cultures, and personal ghosts over 14 transportive, electrifying tracks.
Crimi was born in 2018 out of frontman Julien Lesuisse’s desire to rediscover his sicilian heritage, and to reclaim a culture and language that his immigrant family once felt forced to conceal.
Lesuisse has been active in the french music scene as a vocalist and sax player for over two decades, performing with dance party outfit Mazalda, and with algerian raï new wavers Cheb Lakhdar and Sofiane Saidi. It’s these unlikely sources, together with the ethio-jazz, funk, and soul backgrounds of guitarist Cyril Moulas, bassist Brice Berrerd, and drummer Bruno Duval, that come together in Crimi’s perfectly diasporic sound.
Drawing on their musical backgrounds and lived experiences, the band craft a visionary continuum that draws on traditions from different times and places, re-elaborating them for the blended, cross cultural world of the present. Through their syncretic groove, Crimi reimagine the Mediterranean as a place of meeting and exchange, as opposed to the theater of conflict and division it has become.
Megan Iacobini De Fazio
Radio France / FIP – Guillaume Schnee (March 2023)
“Crimi electrifies its arabo-sicilian’s groove with “Notti Ruffiana”.
The french quartet of Julien Lesuisse keeps its imaginary trip up on Mediterranean banks with the album “Scuru Cauru” and signs a first popfunk song specifically made for dancefloors.”
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