Carnal Carnival

by Grand Baton

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Grand Baton's second album has focused on Carnival/Trance-like beats. Recorded in New York and mixed by Fab Dupont. Heavy dubstep influence with frenetic caribbean drumming, severely distorted, fuzzy melodic guitars and tribal skin drums.
- “Essentially a hybrid composition of rock and dubstep elements with the temperament of Caribbean carnival music and the “vocabulary of the Ka drum”.[…]Carnal Carnival is a testament to Maillard’s versatility as a songwriter and his dauntlessness in experimenting with and expanding on music with a long-established heritage.[…] As a modern, urban work of music Grand Baton’s Carnal Carnival succeeds on every level. It’s a bold new approach to a deep-rooted musical heritage, a thoughtful tribute to the musicality of an instrument and ultimately just an all out entertaining album.[…]it’s what I call a record with balls!” – Andrei Cherascu
Read full review here:
themusicandmyth.com/2015/03/29/grand-batons-carnal-carnival-the-timeless-allegorical-spirit-of-the-carnival-and-the-streamlined-vibrations-of-modern-electronic-music/

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released April 15, 2013

JC Maillard: vocals, guitars, composition and programming.
Thierry Arpino: Drums
Olivier Juste: Ka drums
Arnaud Dolmen: Ka drums, and drums on "Tired of Myself" (verses)
Stephane Huchard: Drums on "Tired Of Myself" (choruses)
Fab Dupont: mixing and mastering.
Artwork by Selenys
Photography by Christina Alonso.

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Grand Baton New York, New York

Grand Baton is the brainchild of JC Maillard (aka Mbutu), a multi instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and producer based in New York city, native of the French island of Guadeloupe renowned for is works around the Ka, the traditional hand drum from Guadeloupe. “Le Grand Baton” and “Carnal Carnival“ stand at the crossroads of afro-caribbean music, progressive metal and electronica. ... more

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Track Name: Caribbean Raider
A headsail looming like a huge breaker
The black waves of a flying Jolly Roger
You could tell but you hardly remember
This old tale of a Caribbean raider

Coming right at you, right at you...

Morning pillows adrift in the sweat
You lie stranded in the tropical wet
Satin wrinkles like a disturbed water
in the wake of the Caribbean raider

You just chanced on the Caribbean Raider
Track Name: Hands Up
It's alright, hold your hands up

Stand up right
Hold your hands off
Keep your hands off

Hold on tight
Hold your heads up
Keep your hands up

it's alright
If you do leave the fight
Hold your hands up

This is to give the heads-up
This says we leave our hands up

None of the things I am told everyday
has brought anything I could hold anyway
Opened my eyes, held my hands up.

Prove no cheat
Keep your hands off
Hold your hands off

Off the beat
Keep your heads up
Hold your hands up

they care less
If you do, leave the mess
Hold your hands up

Let it all drown in coal-dark waters
Take a ground, see all that matters

This is to give the heads-up
This says we leave our hands up

Leave it, leave it
hold your hands, your hands up
Leave it, leave it
hold your hands, your hands up
Let me see these hands up
Track Name: Drop Off Your Bags
Drop off your bag
Step into our Future
Your straight line sags
this time we're thinking all together

Drop off your bag
Step into our Future
We hoist the flag
Up in the sky higher and higher

These rules they can't do better
Old shoes they walk no further
Old keys have to break
In locks
They would break
It's time to think outside the box

Yo baw alé alé aw... we had to step on it
Ou ben goumé pou pran taw
Lè vin pou rivé
Ou pèd fòs, ou pèd pyé
On dòt kenn sa ou lagé

Have you wished to see one day
The King giving his crown away
Would you be the crazy one
Who picks it up and puts it on
Track Name: Pa Di Mwen
(Creole)
Pa di mwen
Kè ou bizwen mwen
Ankò

Paskè mwen
Pé pa baw ayen
Ankò

Palé ja palé, mwen diw.

Pou lanmou mò douvanjou – Bay lanmen
Pou nou dé las é krazé – Bay Lanmen

Pa di mwen
Kè ou bizwen mwen
Ankò

Paskè mwen
Pé pa ay pi lwen
Ankò

Palé ja palé, mwen diw.

Grenn simé, larékòt gaté – Bay Lanmen
Bèl payé pou on sipé – Bay Lanmen

Pri gannyé, biyé chiré – Bay Lanmen
Bèl tablo pèd an dalo – Bay Lanmen
Gay bijou téré an labou – Bay Lanmen
Kaz é loto, lapenn pa vo – Bay Lanmen

Pa di mwen…
Ankò
Réponn mwen
Ès évé sa ou byen…
Dakò
Track Name: Idemdito
(Creole)
Idemdito
On simwa plita
On simwa plito
Sila osi, yo idemdito

Idemdito
On simen anba
On simen anwo
Asi vant, si do, idemdito

Idemdito
On jou anhola
On jou anba dlo
Asi vant, si do, idemdito

On jou andélala, andézod, an dalo
Pou sila osi pou yo idemdito

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