As the story goes, when Frànçois Marry arrived in Bristol, England from France in 2003, he wrote a note accompanied by a picture asking for people to make music together with, taped it in his window, then proceeded to check out local car boot sales for instruments.
Starting out with a hodgepodge of found instruments (including a keyboard he played with his foot), Frànçois began playing live in Bristol in early 2004. 2005 - 2007 saw him collaborating with various local Bristol artists, as well as supporting the likes of Camera Obscura and Electrelane. 2006 saw the first release of what would come to be known as Frànçois And The Atlas Mountains, “The People To Forget” released on vinyl via Stitch-Stitch.
After spending some time in France recording a solo album “Plaine Inondable”, and a stint touring with Camera Obscura, Fràncois joined forces with rhythms provided by Rob Hunter (drummer for Rozi Plain) and Amaury Ranger on bass, then set to recording “E Volo Love” in 2010. Frànçois And The Atlas Mountains became the first artists signed to Domino France, and, now, with “E Volo Love”, slated to debut in Europe January 31st, promises to be an exciting, breakthrough year for this innovative circle of artists who continue to evolve and reconstruct their colorful, auditory pallette.
Combining pure 196Os French pop in the vein of Françoise Hardy, as well as an interest in the musical influences of Northern Africa (amongst many others), there is a playful expiramental element of tUnE-yArDs mixed with the soaring pop sophistication found in the likes of Dominque A and Wild Beasts.With a rootsy, primal, pop aesthetic as well as a penchant for romantic, dreamy musings tinged with a hint of melancholy, Frànçois And The Atlas Mountains are one part Beat Happening and two-thirds Michel Legrand. Intimate, yet spacial and full of wonderous interludes, this is ideal music to spend with just you and your headphones on long rail journeys.
Despite its release date, I expect this album to be one of my go-to Spring and Summer albums. Singing in French and English, both languages merge together perfectly to create a naturalistic and evocative sense of mood and place. Whether it be a song about sitting beside a fire, drinking alcohol (a favorite occupation of mine, thanks for making a song for that Mr. Marry) or going to bed with a lover at the end of a long night (or at the beginning of a frosty morning) there is something that brings to mind voyages, whether they be external or internal.
Listen to “Piscine”, the first single from “E Volo Love” below, and also check out the video for “Les Plus Beaux”.