Recommended by us on 11th September 2008.
We’re Not French transcends The French Quarter beyond the typical new-band confines marked “one for the future” and slaps them squarely into the realms of brilliance
The French Quarter are steeped in the traditions of Scotland’s finest musical exponents. Engineered by one time Mogwai and Delgados producer Andy Miller, the Tillicoultry quartet’s debut EP We’re Not French is a dreamy, post-rocking daze of twinkling ivory and nimble guitar smothered in the kerosene growl of vocalist Frank Murray. Each number besieges the eardrums with military precision, building from the cautious cyclical rhythms of It’s The and Shed Away before exploding as an artillery of percussion during the breathless Hide. The record’s peak is the wondrous T2; a track that wails to the sound of aching chords and sobbing key chimes while strangling neck hairs with Murray’s tragic, paralysing narrative. A truly remarkable EP drenched with melodious ingenuity. [Billy Hamilton]
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