Swan Songs

Chocolate Genius Inc.

Coop ✌️

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Swan Songs

Sale price €12,50

In stock
Release CD

Help and FAQ

To which countries do you deliver?

We ship worldwide, however some products may have territorial restrictions. Please do not hesitate to contact us in order to find out how to obtain the products that are not available for purchase in your territory.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Stripe, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard.

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A confirmation email will be sent to you once your payment has been confirmed. If you have not received it, look at your spam folder; If necessary, send us a message at order@bigwax.io.

Once your order is shipped, you will receive a confirmation email again with your tracking number.

How long will it take to send my order?

If your order is placed before 1 PM (time in Paris, France), your order will be processed and sent the same day. If it is placed after 1 PM (time in Paris, France), your order will be sent the next working day.

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We do not currently offer this solution. All orders are processed as quickly as possible.

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A product that I recently saw on the site is no longer visible at all on the site. Can I still order it?

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Is there a discount if the amount of my order is important?

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Is it possible to withdraw my order directly from your offices?

On-site withdrawal is not possible yet.

Can I change the delivery address of my order?

Our general conditions as well as those of the banking establishments attached to our platform, Stripe and PayPal, stipulate that when placing an order, the delivery address must be identical to the postal address registered in the Stripe or PayPal account used for the payment. Thus, any change of address must be subject to an order cancellation, then a new order with the two identical addresses.

Why ? : In case of a dispute, Stripe, like PayPal, will close any claim against us due to the mismatch of the delivery addresses.

What happens when I combine in my cart both a product available in stock and a pre-order product?

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We use high-quality packaging adapted to each product to maximize the chances of a delivery in the best conditions.

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A simple explanation of your intentions to purchase products from our site will allow your bank to unblock this payment.

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All our packages are tracked. If the status of the shipment does not confirm the receipt of your order, we will apply a period of one month to open an inquiry to the transportation service and evaluate the loss of your order. If the loss is proven, we will refund your entire order.

For all orders placed outside the European Union, this probation period is 2 months.

What happens if my order is damaged during shipping?

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What happens if the contents of my delivery do not match my order?

In this case, we will replace your order as soon as possible and provide you with a return receipt for the goods delivered in error.

I no longer want an order. Can I return it?

Once your order has been validated, you have a 14-day withdrawal period. During this time you can return your products to us and transportation will be at your expense; The full refund of your products will be done after inspection of these.

You will be responsible for the mode of transport chosen to carry out this return, and you commit to using suitable packaging, allowing the return of your products in the best conditions. This is required in order to guarantee you the refund.

Mark Anthony Thompson, alias Chocolate Genius Inc., n’appartient pas franchement au commun des songwriters. Son parcours, depuis plus de vingt ans, alterne fulgurants coups d’éclat et longues périodes d’éclipse. Ses talents de musicien passe-murailles, trop épris de liberté pour intégrer les rangs du rock, de la soul, du folk ou du jazz, suscitent l’admiration de ses pairs.
De Marc Ribot à David Byrne en passant par Philip Glass et Oren Bloedow (Elysian Fields), la crème de la communauté musicale newyorkaise lui voue ainsi un respect inconditionnel, tandis que quelques fameux électrons libres français comme Vincent Segal ou Seb Martel ne tarissent pas d’éloges à son sujet…

Et pourtant : dans les médias influents et le grand public, il n’est pas encore reconnu à sa juste valeur. Après cinq années de silence, Swansongs, son quatrième album, devrait radicalement changer la donne. Avec ce disque en état de grâce, cristallisant sous une forme singulièrement harmonieuse tous les talents de son auteur, l’Américain ne peut qu’être projeté en pleine lumière et accéder enfin à la renommée qu’il mérite.

Portant les méditations d’un homme parvenu au mitan de son existence, Swansongs sonde les eaux troubles de l’introspection, du souvenir et du deuil. Chocolate Genius Inc. y livre une somme sonore et poétique qui atteint la beauté décantée d’une épure. Un condensé sublimé de toutes les qualités d’écriture, de jeu et d’interprétation qu’il aura su dévoiler dès son premier album.

Composé pour l’essentiel de ballades, Swansongs s’inscrit selon lui comme la suite et la fin logiques d’un triptyque éminemment personnel entamé avec Black Music et Godmusic. La thématique générale de l’album, vibrant chant d’adieu à des êtres chers, des lieux et des choses qui ont marqué la première moitié de sa vie, l’a naturellement conduit à tirer la quintessence de son écriture. Neuf jours dans un studio de Los Angeles lui auront suffi pour graver ces onze chansons empreintes d’une sagesse à la fois sereine et douloureuse, reposant sur le constat que toute existence se construit aussi sur la perte, l’absence, le commerce avec les fantômes. Loin de Manhattan et de ses habituels complices (seul Marc Ribot se fend d’une apparition sur Enough For/Of You), Thompson, porté par des partenaires de passage au diapason, atteint une forme de gravité en apesanteur qui sied idéalement à son propos.
Sa plume et son chant volent ici d’un prodige à un autre. Du blues réverbéré d’Enough For/Of You aux étreintes piano-voix de Like a Nurse et Sit & Spin, des divagations tortueuses de Lump aux envolées salvatrices de When I Lay You Down et Ready Now, des confessions charnelles de Kiss me aux paroles spectrales de Mr. Wonderful (où la voix du père disparu se fond dans un halo électronique), tout est ici suspendu au fil d’une inspiration affranchie des contraintes de style ou de genre.

Ces dernières années, Chocolate Genius Inc. s’est beaucoup illustré dans les domaines du sound design et des musiques de film ou pour le théâtre ; il a aussi vécu une expérience intense en intégrant en 2006 la caravane du Seeger Sessions Tour de Bruce Springsteen. C’est sans doute là, entre ces deux pôles apparemment éloignés, entre l’aventure sonore et l’écriture traditionnelle, entre la pure recherche plastique et l’exploration des tréfonds de l’âme humaine, que se niche la beauté si peu banale de Swansongs.

Et quelque chose nous dit que, pour Chocolate Genius Inc., cet équilibre ne marque pas seulement un magnifique achèvement, mais aussi une forme de renaissance riche en promesses.

Chocolate Genius Inc.

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