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The Transcendent Pop of Francois and the Atlas Mountains
Francois and the Atlas Mountains give you everything you could want in a pop band. Their songs are catchy and infectious, their demeanour is endearing and sweet, and their lyrics are dreamy and romantic. Combining French and English lyrics with influences from West African polyrhythms and Ghanaian highlife music, Francois and the Atlas Mountains are a band full of sweet sounds.
Francois and the Atlas Mountains have a major tour coming up over the winter, spreading their transcontinental sounds across Europe and the United Kingdom. They're playing at the Inrocks festival in London, and Paris' famed Bataclan. Other notable gigs on the tour include shows in Avignon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Brussels.
Francois and the Atlas Mountains' music has been featured on the teen soap "Skins." Their music has received other unexpected treatments, such as being remixed by the South African noirwave artist Petite Noir. They also have an association with the popular band Camera Obscura, which François Marry is a touring member of. In addition to the band's music, Francois and the Atlas Mountains maintains an active Tumblr page filled with beautiful watercolours inspired by their tours.
The band's central member and main songwriter is the multi-talented French musician François Marry. He was born in Saintes, France, and lived in Belgium for a number of years, before settling in Bristol in 2003. He formed the band in 2005, and they released their first album of live concert material, The People To Forget, in 2006. Their dreamy demeanour, catchy melodies, and African-inflected rhythms quickly led to a following for the group. In addition to Marry, the group has a full touring outfit with a drummer, guitarist, keyboardist, and bassist.
The band broke into the mainstream with their second album, Plaine Inondable, on Fence Records in 2009. It was critically acclaimed and led to bookings at major festivals, including the Austrian Blue Bird Festival in 2010 and the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival in 2012. It also led to their being signed by Domino Records, and they became the first French artists to be released on the major British label. The band earned a reputation for "bilingual ... dreamy folk rock," as The Scotsman put it, though they're also regularly booked at jazz and pop festivals.
After two successful albums in 2006 and 2009, Francois and the Atlas Mountains' first major label release came with 2012's "E Volo Love." The album received great reviews, with NME calling it "A warm, relaxing audio-breeze" and The Independent describing it as "gentle indie-pop." They followed this success with "Piano Ombre" in 2014, also released by Domino. It was widely and positively reviewed, with AllMusic commenting on the transition from their earlier self-released material to studio recording by writing, "There's an overall richness to the production that serves the band well."
Francois and the Atlas Mountains is fronted by a guy who built his chops as a live performer with the prolific Camera Obscura, and the rest of the band is composed of seasoned touring musicians from the international indie rock world. They put on a clean, well-rehearsed show where the band's subtle, beautiful songs come through just as smoothly as in their recordings. When you grab Francois and the Atlas Mountains tickets, feel free to stand and sway, sit, or dance -- it's a chill scene and a non-judgemental crowd.
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