There may have been a little alcohol involved when soulful and fun-loving Le Switch visited Chessvolt Studios for a live Luxury Wafers Session. Over time, we’ve seen arrays of artists as vibrant and fascinating as Kandinsky‘s blaring “Farbstudie Quadratte,” as stirring and haunting as Van Gogh‘s “Starry Night,” and, of course, a plentitude of shades and hues in between. A large sampling of those have been known to imbibe during recording sessions – few do it with the enhancing finesse of Le Switch.
Folks, as far as we can see, Le Switch runs along crowned by woozy angels and blessed by a party-loving baby Jesus (you know, the Episcopal version). Listening to Le Switch is like going to church in the Deep South, where people aren’t afraid to lay their burdens down, no matter how heavy, and sing it all away, moved by the spirit, swaying to the rhythm in community. Hallelujah!
All shiny stars, everyone in this five-piece collective sings. AK plays guitar and leads the pack with profound, bordering at times on primal – like your little brother in skivvies and tube socks, red in the face and letting loose with a growl that he reeeeeeealllly means it – vocals. Joe delivers expert, sensitive drumming and the added bonus of charm. In addition to being cute and the only girl in the band, Maria reliably kicks up the New Orleans party vibe with brass. She does viola and a festive tambourine, too. Christopher keeps the groove down low in the soul pocket on bass, foundationally grounding Le Switch’s rousing tunes for maximum enjoyment. Indispensible, jazzy keys thread each song compliments of Josh. The congregation of sunny-warm harmonies offers a combination of Le Switch’s built-in, uplifting silver linings and the fun feeling that you’re never alone – nay, you’re surrounded by pals.
One last thing: Failing to note the unmistakable similarity of Le Switch’s music to Van Morrison would be the Indian Sweat equivalent of witholding the obvious blurt-out with cocked index finger that your opponent has raised the Ace of Spades to his forehead.
These live recordings, which include humorous clips of the group bantering, remarkably capture full-bodied, rich sound as well as the fat authenticity of Le Switch’s collaboration and the feeling of being in the room with the band.
Listen to the tracks (option/click to download):