Merz, aka Conrad Lambert is back. It's not the first time he's been back - after walking away from huge hype and a major label deal in 1999, disappearing completely, he returned in 2005 with the critically lauded album, "Loveheart". His third album, "Moi et Mon Camion", is set to produce the same kind of fawning from all corners with its mixture of beautiful balladeering, heartfelt tunes, intricate production and a display of Merz's multi-instrumental talents.
Named after a West Country removal firm who have moved Conrad and his wife's belongings several times, the album itself was written on the move, as Merz was relocating from Bristol, to Plymouth then subsequently to Bath. Charlie Jones (Goldfrapp), Clive Deamer (Portishead), Paul Hartnoll (Orbital) and, maybe most notably of all, the Old Man of Bath are notable additions on the record.
Where "Loveheart" was a more solitary and lonely affair, "Moi et Mon Camion" puts its arms around "Loveheart" and says everything's alright. "That's the spirit of the record; it contains themes of displacement with detached resignation, humanity and commonality".
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