Maxim Meyer-Horn

22 Mar
Music

We Joined Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul on the Release Day of ‘Topical Dancer’

Belgians are usually not very patriotic, but if there is anything we can be proud of in our small country, it is the numerous designers and incredible music acts that stand out internationally. Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul belong to the latter category and are also able to attract attention from beyond our borders. Their debut album ‘Topical Dancer‘ is the best proof of this and is already one of the most praised albums of the year. We joined them on the night of the album release for a signing in their home town Ghent.

We meet Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul in a local record store in Ghent, where they just spent two hours signing their new album. The interest in their first long-player is huge. Not only is the press going wild for the duo, but a lot of fans didn’t want to miss out on the chance to get an autograph for their vinyl. A little later in the evening, Charlotte and Bolis moved on to their favorite bar, where they also performed a few songs of Topical Dancer live.

The medium is the message

With a length of over fifty minutes, Topical Dancer is not just an average electro-pop album but is an album that will be described as a defining moment in Belgian music history in a couple of decades. While the music sonically draws you to the closest dance floor, they use their lyrics to criticize racism or xenophobia. Songs like “Blenda” or “Esperanto” don’t miss their purpose with their in-your-face verses and underline their creativity as a duo.

Under the wings of Deewee, Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul quickly became established names on the scene, so expectations were high for their debut album. Fortunately, they didn’t let the pressure get to them because the songs sound wonderfully unforced and straightforward. Different genres flow effortlessly into one another, Charlotte’s voice has a meditative effect, and every song has a surprising twist.

So, it is not surprising that ropical Dancer is already in the running to become ‘Album of the Year’. Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul’s music not only exudes a lot of character but proves to be very daring without being overconfident. They have found the perfect balance between being sarcastic but serious, staying true to themselves, and leaving us speechless with their 13 songs. If you haven’t listened to Topical Dancer yet, we urge you to sit down and absorb all the different facets of this masterpiece.

‘Topical Dancer’ is out now on all platforms. Tickets for their upcoming European and US tour are available as well

Pictures by Maxim Meyer-Horn

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