Soujourn to FNAC in Paris, my music finds to share

Thirty years ago I used to travel regularly to Paris & quickly found a terrific chain of record shops – FNAC. You can imagine my delight to walk in to one a fortnight ago, traveling with my family. It felt like visiting an old friend. FNAC have quite a decent selection of reissues & recent releases. Glancing through the covers, I couldn’t believe what I found! This one LP literally winked at me, with a label proclaiming that this album had been produced by Rick Rubin, a man of impeccable musical taste.

Angus and Julia Stone’s third album, an Australian brother & sister duo, musically quite folksy, laid back and really pleasant without descending into the soporific. Never having heard of this duo, I bought the double LP on clear vinyl, limited edition of 1000, French pressing, on the strength of Rick Rubin’s involvement. Rick is not in need of a pay check, he can clearly pick & choose who he’ll work with…

 Angus & Julia Stone
Angus & Julia Stone

Boy am I glad that I did; I have not really heard this album often enough to have fully absorbed it under my skin. But what I have digested is superb. Gorgeous interplay of Julia’s dreamy, angelic voice with Angus’ baritone, makes for terrific contrast. Listen / watch “Grizzly Bear” on YouTube

The double LP was released last week. Musically charming & sparsely produced allows the music to maintain its folksy, organic feel. These guys deserve a lot more exposure. Highly recommended.

I kept browsing and was thrilled to be able to pick up these LP’s as well:

Cassandra Wilson Traveling Miles

Christine & the Queens - Charleur Humaine

Daft_Punk - Discovery

Glass Animals - Zaba

Gotan Project

I will be back in Montreal at Coup de Foudre in a couple of weeks and it’s great to bring some fresh French music with me!

by Philip O'Hanlon

Music Evangelist and Master of Musical Enjoyment—Philip spends his time looking for fine music, tuning up synergistic electronic components to get the best sound, and making music compilations so he can share his listening journey and experiences with friends and acquaintances.

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