Bastien Keb is a man of many talents. Although he’s more comfortable with a guitar strap on his shoulder, he can also play trumpet, bass, drums, piano and flute, to which he then lends his tender yet powerful vocals. Drawing on a wide range of influences from Bon Iver to Curtis Mayfield, Bastien carves a modern yet individual sound that’s an absolute dream.
Following the success of his debut album Dinking in the Shadows of Zizou, Bastien’s latest work solidifies him as a rising talent and one to watch. Initially conceived as a concept album about a stripper lost in the city, his new album 22.02.85 takes us on a haunting journey to the metropolis at night, almost in a dream-like state: familiar yet unnerving, dirty yet honest.
Bastien is giving us a teaser of the album with newest single ‘Cashmere’. When asked about the track, Bastien told us, “‘Cashmere’ is about searching for your long lost love. Too many pubs, too many drinks, mind wanders to John Carpenter scoring Babestation while you’re cod eyed drunk with mud on your new trainers after staggering home. Aching, while bellowing ‘I’m not in love’ by 10cc. You wake up to the shopping channel and find out you bought a set kitchen knives and a dressing gown/poncho hybrid thing.”
22.02.85 is set to release through First Word Records on 3rd March and you can catch Bastien Keb at Pickle Factory on 19th April.