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E Volo Love

Francois & The Atlas Mountains

E Volo Love

Afrobeat-tinged indie pop on the 4th album - and first for Domino - from Bristol-based French singer-songwriter Frànçois Marry and his band

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  1. 8.5 |   BBC

    E Volo Love has a strong onomatopoeic power, suggesting mystery, enchantment and romance; all properties this terrific and charming record has in spades and shovels
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  2. 8.5 |   The AU Review

    Frànçois And The Atlas Mountains have created something new, bridging the worlds of the weird and the wonderful
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  3. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Prepare to swoon
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    Classy, romantic Anglo-Gallic pop. With elements of Afrobeat, house and indie rock, E Volo Love is an assured affair. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A gentle, frequently exquisitely beautiful sound
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  6. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A study in understatement delivered with finesse, be sure to find time to let E Volo Love in; it is tray bon
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  7. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Herein lies whimsical waltzing and barefoot stomping, warm ‘n’ fuzzy resurrections of soothing old-tyme indie-baroque-pop shimmies for sunset revelry
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  8. 7.0 |   The 405

    A collection of pretty and occasionally melancholic tunes weaved over a backing of skilful percussion and shimmering guitars
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  9. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Sickeningly sweet at times, this is one for the couples among you, or those wishing they were
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  10. 7.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    One to listen to as the sun sets over la plage, your vintage bicycle lying beside you
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  11. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Their warm musical charms could comfortably find a place close to the hearts of music fans with a love for such sweetly poignant and intelligent pieces of songcraft
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  12. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A record involving enough to give schmindie a good name
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  13. 7.0 |   NME

    [It] may seem oddly relaxed at first, but acclimatising is a breeze
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  14. 7.0 |   music OMH

    It’s the romantic view of France that it exudes which will capture the hearts of those from these isles
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  15. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Imagine the soundtrack to beautiful young heiresses and toffee-nosed boys experimenting with sex, cocaine and heartbreak in the Riviera and you’re pretty close
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  16. 6.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    The sound of a young man who is so excited at the various different musicians and instruments that he has at his disposal that he’s over zealously thrown everything into the mix
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  17. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    The only weak note is Marry’s rather thin voice, which fails to captivate in quite the same way as the catchy, exquisite music
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  18. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    The result is something of a mixed bag: moments of tender and enduring beauty broken up by landfill indie pop with a French accent
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  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    His approach to incorporating rhythms and guitar lines from Afropop is refreshingly understated. Charming, then, but lightweight
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  20. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Marry's melancholic pop works intermittently. Print edition only

  21. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Walk[s] a fine line between the lovely and gentle and the twee and insipid
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  22. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Overall, even through the rough spots, this is a project deserving of full attention. A little honing here, a little more pep there, and we could have a new contender for Interesting Group status
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