Thursday, December 22, 2011

CD Review: Francois & The Atlas Mountains' 'E Volo Love'

Francois & The Atlas Mountains
E Volo Love (Love and Flight)

The U.K.-based musician, Francois, is originally from France with musical tendencies spanning the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Europe. The giddiness of "Muddy Heart" combines the melodies of Coldplay, Oasis, and The Devlins into a swirling pop sound with a folk-rock base. The laid-back "Edge Of Town" contains a nostalgic presence with jangly sounds and pensive vocals. The upbeat "City Kiss" is a refreshing tune with a catchy chorus and guitar. The accordion raises its head on the opening of "Azrou Tune." The slow ballad features Francois's tender vocals. The grungy "Buried Treasures" echoes back to the Texas band--Toadies. The quieter "Cherchant Des Ponts" is a classic French song with female vocals, strings, and light percussion in the vein of Francois Hardy, Patricia Kaas, or Carla Bruni. Overall, Francois & The Atlas Mountains creates beautiful music with French, African, and other elements that are great to listen to for any occasion. It is easily one of the best albums to ring in the new year. ~ Matthew Forss

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