François and the Atlas Mountains - E Volo Love (4 stars)

François and the Atlas Mountains - E Volo Love

Breezy, summery pop from the former Fencer


Graduating, as James Yorkston and King Creosote did before him, from Fence to Domino, La Rochelle’s François Marry has produced an album here that’s worthy of the increased exposure. A set of breezy summertime pop songs which seem strangely vintage in origin, they include the lazy 60s chime of ‘Slow Love’, the warm, urbane jangle of ‘City Kiss’ and upcoming single ‘Les Plus Beaux’, which ambles along on a whispering drum beat that bears echoes of afrobeat and ambient techno. Aided by Marry’s rich and utterly compelling Gallic croon, it’s a collection that washes soothingly over the listener.

F&TAM play Oran Mor, Glasgow, Sun 22 Jan as part of Celtic Connections.

François and the Atlas Mountain - Les plus beaux

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