BOBBY BAZINI is a French/Canadian singer/songwriter who’s just released his fifth album, ‘Pearl’ and, Stateside, it’s winning support from those with a penchant for the more left-field aspects of blue-eyed soul and innovative soft rock.  

The 11 track album was  flagged up by a couple of singles – the gentle ‘Waterfallin’’ and the equally gentle and laid back, bossa-flavoured ‘Ojala’ (pronounced ohala). Both songs were perfect for long summer evenings  and there’s plenty more of the same ilk on ‘Pearls’.

Our pick of the rest is the melodic ‘Take It Out On Me’ – sort of soft rock meets blue-eyed soul. Ballad-wise ‘Forever Had To End’ is gritty and emotional with late-period Beatle flourishes and like ‘Take It Out On Me’ is more immediate than some of the more esoteric tracks like ‘I Don’t Talk To My Mother’.

BOBBY BAZINI; Pearl – out now via Spectra Musique