French singer/songwriter/guitarist Fabrice Cavalli writes, records and performs under the moniker of Don Cavalli. With the release of his critically applauded 2008 solo effort, Cryland, Cavalli developed a reputation for a sound that employed elements of Zydeco, Cajun, folk, the blues, and other world music. In fact, this unique sound won the attention of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who recruited Cavalli to open for the Black Keys during a leg of one of their extensive tours.
But instead of rushing to put out a sophomore effort, Cavalli took his time composing and writing the material on his sophomore effort, making sure that everything would be just right. In fact, during that time Cavalli worked a number of odd jobs to support himself including stints as a construction worker, a gardener and even an undertaker. The August 13th release of his sophomore effort, Temperamental through Everloving Records marks Cavalli’s first album in over five years. “Temperamental,” the album title track is a clean and slickly produced bit of smooth soul and funk – with guitars played through wah wah pedal, a full, funky bass line and skittering, jittering drums the track sounds as though it could have been influenced by Chuck Brown, the late godfather of Washington, DC’s signature sound – go-go, which is frankly some of the coolest shit you’ll ever hear. But I also think you may hear strains of my man Tom Jones, circa 1964, thanks to the fact that the song has a noticeably seductive tone to it.