ALBUM REVIEW: Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains – Banane Bleue | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 26.02.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like the watercolours Fránçois once painted, Banane Bleue is full of shimmers, shadows and hopeful nostalgia. His fifth album for Domino (recorded in Berlin, Athens and Paris) carries us from falsely sunny beaches (Coucou) to congealed, coldwave neon cities (Dans un taxi) – recreating lost harmonies between seasons near and far. Fránçois loses himself in forests and cities, tending to his own secret pop patterns.

Banane Bleue brings to mind the esoteric moods of British label él Records (1984-1989). A song begun in Spanish effortlessly continues in French, or English. There are sandy layers of retro synths, pianos, guitars and drum machines. Fránçois’ dreamy, leisurely voice is like that of water. It makes things grow, heals wounds and casually crushes what it seeks to retain.

 

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