New Release: Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains – Holly Golightly

Taken from his forthcoming album, Banane Bleue – due for release on 26th February – “Holly Golightly” is the second single from the record to be released by Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains.

The track is named after the character in Truman Capote’s ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ and touches upon the album’s key themes of romance and relationships in metropolitan cities. The accompanying visualiser features illustrations of Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of the character…

Expanding on “Holly Golightly”, Frànçois notes: “’Holly Golightly’ refers to the character in the Truman Capote novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Taken from the point of view of a writer fascinated by an endearing neighbouring friend, the narrator keeps his passion silent and writes letters instead (“crashing into the stationary”). The song was written on a cheap acoustic guitar very much like the one Audrey Hepburn uses to sing Moon River in the film adaptation of the novella.

Renaud Letang mixed this song with Jonathan Richman in mind. I now imagine Jonathan walking arm in arm with Holly in downtown Manhattan. This song would be a great soundtrack to their breakfast.”

Banane Bleue (French for “Blue Banana” of course) 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.

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