Ha Ha Heartbreak: Vinyl LPPIASR1330LP
Label: Play It Again Sam
Release Date: 11th November
Lush and grand but with that kind of walking down the street late at night, drizzly, with a cigarette and kicking the trash away delivery. It's that downtrodden romance of heartbreak, it's a European jazz with a faint fuzzy of Gallic garage rock.
For those who dig: Scott Walker, Serge Gainsbourg and the production of Jean-Claude Vannier , Baxter Dury, Timbee Timbre and late period Arctic Monkeys.
It has been half a decade since Warhaus, the brainchild of Maarten Devoldere (Balthazar), suddenly conquered our musical hearts with the triumphant double victory of We Fucked a Flame into Being (2016) and Warhaus (2017). The songs of the brand- new album Ha Ha Heartbreak came gushing out if him in a mere three weeks in the sultry city of Palermo. All Devoldere needed was the solitude of a hotel room, a guitar, a microphone, and a heart that had recently been broken in thousands of pieces. The sorrow was hard to handle, so, of course, Sicily was an escape. But as it goes, those who try to outrun life quickly run into themselves.
Song after song, Maarten Devoldere dismantles his own pose. He looks at himself without mercy and, honestly, what he sees doesn’t exactly make him happy.
The sound, however, remains wonderfully light. It swings and glows with tantalizing strings, sensual backing vocals, horns, playful piano parts, anything to lighten the load. It allows Ha Ha Heartbreak to be a moving emotional exploration as well as a vessel of great musical richness.