Four years after the success of the band’s breakout album “Volta”, Boogie Belgique is back with their highly-anticipated, 12-track LP, “Machine”. Over the course of the past few months, the Trip-Hop, Nu Jazz and Electro-leaning outfit have teased the album’s official release with a string of standout singles, giving fans an insight into the concept and narrative of their sixth studio album. “Machine” is out now across all streaming platforms.
Their latest album draws a parallel to the 1930’s both musically and politically. The album’s sound pays homage to the decade’s musical trends, such as the crooners, big bands, and swing. The band puts this concept on full display in their album standout “Wonder”, which is a modern crooner track inspired by Harold Orlob’s hit “I Wonder Who’s Kissing You Now”, with nods to fan favourites like “Goodnight Moon” and “Forever & Ever”. In both eras, the music is meant to be escapist. In the 30’s, fans of music danced their troubles away through exuberance. During the modern age in which this album is set, Boogie Belgique invites its listeners to slow down, breathe, and heal from the frantic distractions of modern life that engulf many of us.
The parallel can also be seen in the economic and socio-political shadows of the decade that ultimately lead to catastrophic events. Though the threat is never named explicitly in their music, and the meaning of the album title “Machine” is open to everyone’s interpretation; this looming presence is something that can be seen in much of the album’s themes. Feeling like they’re on the brink of losing things that are precious in this world, Boogie Belgique warns its listeners of fallen kingdoms (“Tales of Old”) and the dangers of their ever-growing consumption in the present day (“Risk”).
Whether it’s in the band’s Boogieman icon, or songs such as “Mercury” (named after a celestial body that lost its planetary status), Boogie Belgique continually returns to these themes; longing for a bygone era, urban decay, public uneasiness, societies falling from grace, and avenoir.