by Sean
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François Virot - "Say Fiesta".
François Virot - "Cascade Kisses".

Can't get enough of Virot's Yes Or No. Whereas Animal Collective are at times too diffuse to soothe your heart, and the Dodos' steady lustre grows into something hard & grating, Virot's songs are both simple and crooked - like gnarled hooks you can hang your coat on. The way he sings radio on "Say Fiesta" - well it's silly, endearing and French but it lets the song's emotional oomph come out of nowhere, like an alleycat sprouting roses. Virot's looped-up strums, snaps, thumps and coos remind me of a paper model city - precisely folded, brightly scribbled, not meant to last.


Posted by Sean at November 13, 2008 8:00 AM

Hi Sean!!!

What a pleasant surprise! I have been listening to them all week!

Hope all is well :)

Posted by (maryam) at November 13, 2008 10:08 AM

Did know about these guys. Damn nice stuff. Thanks.

Posted by Sam Lowry at November 13, 2008 2:44 PM

Didn't know about these guys. Damn nice stuff. Thanks.

Posted by Sam Lowry at November 13, 2008 2:45 PM

Thanks Sean, this is great. I bought it on Amazon MP3 right away!

Posted by Eric at November 13, 2008 5:07 PM

reminds me of the first time I heard an animal collective track (Winters Love) and I suddenly felt like I understood what real musical joy was.
Thanks Sean.

Posted by Camille at November 15, 2008 6:19 PM

hi there, thanks for this post.
If you like François Virot come and visit our brand new website
and listen to two François Virot's non-album tracks here :

Julien / Clapping Music, Paris (France)

Posted by clapping music at November 18, 2008 3:03 AM

OH SNAP! From the old school ep version of cascade kisses i got... this version gave my body chills. Or its the 3 days of power naps without any solid hours of sleep.

Posted by Matt has a T at November 18, 2008 8:08 AM

Ho, I'm so glad you like François.
You should like that :

Posted by Chryde at November 18, 2008 9:17 AM

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