Kitty Hoff & Forêt-Noire
With my lack of university activities, I’ve been spending (too) much time in the suburbs these days. Thankfully, I’ve had German singer/songwriter, Kitty Hoff (& Forêt-Noire) to accompany me and my thoughts.
Since I first heard Astrud Gilberto’s recording of “The Girl from Ipanema”, I’ve had this thing for bossa nova. Hoff somehow manages to blend this traditionally Brazilian style with her German heritage to form a transcontinental fusion of sounds. Breezy and vivid, the band’s 2007 release, Blick Ins Tal, stays quite true to the bossa nova beat. However, Hoff’s latest album, Zuhause, dwells on more of a jazz-centric sound. Coralie Clément and Joachim Jannin join the Forêt-Noire for a couple of tracks on this album. I’d have to say the only downside to all of this cross-cultural fusion is the language barrier, not to mention iTunes-US only has Blick Ins Tal available for purchase. But, not knowing what’s being said has never stopped me from liking a band thus far (Sigur Rós, anyone?). Their sound is still fantastic and definitely worth a moment of your time to sample.
— Haley Rheinhart —