With their debut album, Dancehall, The Blaze release a longer set of tracks fairly similar to their last EP, 2017's Territory.
The tracks contained on Dancehall attempt to seek the same emotional heights as the best moments on Territory, but fall slightly short by not bringing much new to the formula. The sound palette used on most of the album is similar enough to the duo's earlier material that it at times leaves the listener feeling like it's treading old ground, even if that ground is good. There are exceptions in tracks like "Faces ….
Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, the cousins behind French duo the Blaze, aim for big themes on Dancehall. The very first sounds you hear are piano chords so rich and full you want to wrap yourself up in them like a very expensive coat. The bass throughout is among the heaviest you'll hear on any ….
Initial cuts from French duo The Blaze showcased their electronic influences, however with this new album they've gone above and beyond with their sizzling percussions, mournful vocals and trance-like sounds. Opening with conveniently titled dance track 'Opening', the looping cut crafts a sense of wonder in ticking beats and soulful lyrics. Taking a soft approach, 'Breath,' opens with a nonchalant ray of harmonies, followed shortly by vocals by Jonathan Alric and Guillaume.