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Albums Of The Week: The Inspector Cluzo | Horizon

The French farmers bring in another crop of organic blues-rock with their ninth LP.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Following an incredible touring season in the summer of 2022, DIY Gascon farmers The Inspector Cluzo are have just released their ninth studio album Horizon.

Recorded in three weeks and produced by Grammy winner Vance Powell, Horizon is the deepest and truest album The Inspector Cluzo have written to date. Each song shares and takes inspiration from real-life events and experiences. For example, Wolf’s At The Door tells the story of the struggle the two farmers experienced when standing up against a duck factory located in front of their farm and the fight they had to put up when faced with a massive Bird flu pandemic.

Saving The Geese describes the civil disobedience against the French State and the big local agro-industries corporations that wanted to kill the band’s healthy animals as “prevention.” Shenanigans re-evokes the great times the band spent in Nashville with their friend Bill Elder, who run the Shenanigans bar and who put them up during all Nashville studio sessions. Rockophobia, on the other hand, is one of the surprises The Inspector Cluzo reserved for the fans — a fun rock number, in which the band wonders “what does rock mean today?” with a nod to Iggy Pop.

The first single and title track was originally written 15 years ago for the band’s debut album, but was never finished until the pandemic hit. Horizon openheartedly brings to the front the band’s efforts in running their family farm, whilst experimenting new agro-ecologic techniques apt to face climate change, saving rare species, free seeds etc.

In keeping with their reputation as one the most prolific touring bands in the world (they have played over 1,200 shows in 67 countries to date), The Inspector Cluzo completed sold-out U.S. support tours with Clutch and Eels in 2019, alongside a host of festival appearances across the globe (including Lollapalooza Chile and Brazil) and a U.S. headline tour. In the summer of 2022, The Inspector Cluzo played extensively on prestigious stages across Europe, including the widely renowned Hellfest Festival, where they gathered a crowd of 50,000 fans.

The Inspector Cluzo are a Gascony blues-rock duo created in 2008 by Laurent (guitar, lead vocal) and Mathieu (drums). The two met during their first year of Physics studies in Mont de Marsan. Since 2008, they have released nine albums via their self-run record label F.TheBassPlayer Rercords. They are totally 100% self-financed and 100% DIY.

The band’s main activity is farming. They are organic professional farmers, they run a 15-hectare family farm called Lou Casse (The Oak) in Gascony, producing organic wheat and organic corn with their own free seeds. No GMO, no hybrids seeds, no chemicals or pesticides are used. They belong to a new generation of farmers that are into an Agro-Ecologic system challenging and fighting climate change for the new generations.”