Banane Bleue is the brand new album from Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains, due for release on 26th February 2021. Along with the album announcement, Frànçois has shared the video for lead single, “Coucou”.
“Coucou”, the quasi-Californian lead track, with its soft bassline and beaming guitars, sets the tone for Banane Bleue perfectly. With emotional connections and misunderstandings at its heart, it details the end of a failing relationship whilst exploring the nuances of the French language. “I hate this word, “coucou” (which loosely translates as ‘hey there’ in French)” Frànçois notes, “because, for me, it expresses a form of indifferent, slightly fake naivety. What’s even more absurd is when it comes from someone with whom you were once madly in love.”
Banane Bleue (French for “Blue Banana”) is a nomadic and truly European record, hailing from rented workspaces in some of the continent’s key cities – Berlin, Athens and Paris – and recorded with instruments that were often borrowed from likeminded musicians. Written solely by Frànçois Marry himself, close collaborator and Weird World artist Jaakko Eino Kalevi was enlisted for production duties whilst Renaud Letang (Feist, Gonzales, Connan Mockasin) mixed the album.
The title of the album is taken from the ‘blue banana’ concept, a geographical theory that groups together a corridor of Europe’s biggest cities, originally conceived in the 1980s. The theory states that the blurring of these cities’ boundaries has resulted in the formation of one massive, interconnected megalopolis. Expanding on the theory, Frànçois poetised it, picturing a luminescent blue banana shape that you can see from space with vibrant, ethereal currents that surround and bind us. It explores common cultural and romantic ground, creating an album full of missed meetings and misunderstandings.
On the theory, Frànçois notes: “I have often asked myself what my relationship history would be like if I had been born on another continent. Our idea of love, which comes from the 18th and 19th centuries, is ingrained in the walls and aromas of cities, cafes, nights out in bars, text messages, artificial lights, romantic getaways and city breaks; as if European electricity emitted some kind of romantic scent.” This electric grid of romance is personified in the ‘Blue banana’ concept.
Banane Bleue tracklist:
Par Le Passé
Holly Go Lightly
Lee-Ann & Lucy
Gold & Lips
Dans Un Taxi