Everyone has a favourite gem. For some it's diamonds, sapphires, emeralds or rubies. For Véronique Hermann Sambin, it's basalt which makes her rock. She chose this hazy grey volcanic rock to entitle her second album, which has blossomed three years following her first album, “Ròz Jériko”. She attributes providential virtues to basalt , which are unveiled in an allegorical tale, told at the very end of this new stream of melodies. A tale encouraging awareness, curiosity
Basalt is a volcanic rock which is abundant on the Island of Guadeloupe, Véronique’s native country. It is a mineral to which very little importance is attached; unsurprising, given that it is the most common rock type in the world.
In the figurative tale written and performed by Véronique, basalt rock is used as an alarm. It provokes the jolt that keeps one awake, alert, or inquisitive. It makes meetings with others happen (Le Pas, Annou), captures the beauty of a smile or a melody (JWE), and prompts action to preserve the vulnerable beauty of the Caribbean Islands (Militanto, Roz Jeriko).
Recorded with an ideal quintet, « Basalte » is formed and arranged by both Frederic Nardin and Xavier Richardeau. In this album “rhythms and tempos fluctuate, along with moods. Each song has its own individuality,” the singer explains. She wrote, as the “lyricist” and composer, almost all the songs. One can also hear a variation on the Lee Morgan’s famous Sidewinder, and a poem (“Love After Love”) by the Nobel Prize of Literature poet-playwright Derek Walcott, from Saint-Lucia. Although French and English are used in “Basalte”, Véronique is true to her mother tongue, a sensual Creole, gracing the whole album with an “unheard” originality. Cut and polished with passion and conviction, « Basalte » is a gem to which time can only give its purest shine.