“I received a copy of Olivier Popincourt ‘s album yesterday. We Were Bound To Meet is yet another sublime album that has been beautifully crafted. I have appreciated Olivier’ s work for quite some time, and I have had the pleasure of meeting him, and seeing him perform more than once. His lyricism, and understanding of how to write beautiful music, makes him for me one of those unsung heroes who really deserves higher acclaim. This is his third solo album, and is an uplifting, and bright at times album. It sounds both hopeful and optimistic – which of course is refreshing at a time when many things in life have been considerably darker, and melancholic. As usual Olivier features support and vocal help from Gabriela Giacoman from French Boutik, as well as a number of talented musicians adding beautiful string accompaniment. Susanne Shields provides lead vocals on The Road To Recovery, along with some lovely flute playing, I would like to hear more of her work, and will investigate further. Shields has a beautiful clear singing voice, and Olivier’s own lower tone with his backing vocals add a lovely texture making it on first listen to this vinyl record really stand out. That does not mean to say the rest of the album isn’t on point. For me there isn’t a duff track on the album. I highly recommend it. The album was released back in September, so I am a little late to the game, but still have to say I am thrilled to have this erstwhile record as part of my record collection now.”
Jason Disley is a poet and writer heavily influenced by the Beat Generation writers of the late 50s and early 60s; an influence he wears proudly on his immaculately tailored sleeve.