Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains is back with a new single ‘Holly Golightly’, taken from his forthcoming album Banane Bleue, out on 26th February, and a follow up to the first track to be revealed from the album, Coucou.
On the track, Frànçois says “’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.”
Holly Golightly is a rather lovely indie shuffle, with glittering synths and these woozy, hazy synths and backing vocals, as Frànçois lays down his innocent, almost childlike melodies which serve as a sticky lollipop to these lockdown times.
Check it out, here
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. Read a quote from Frànçois on the Blue Banana theory here.