Feu Follet – Beneath The Earth (Album – Blackjack Illuminist Records)

By Jul 24,2021

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Genre/Influences: Wave-Pop.

Format: Digital, CD, Cassette.

Background/Info: This is the third album released by French artist Alban Blaising aka Feu Follet. The work is based on a comic book, which is accompanying the release. This already was done with the previous work “La Forêt Oubliée”.

Content: Compared to previous productions, this album features vocals by guest singers. The songs are still driven by 80s influences creating a kind of Electro/Wave-Pop sound. The vintage sound treatments are awakening good-old memories while I noticed a few psychedelic elements.

+ + + : Feu Follet appears to be a project in evolution and I have to admit the addition of vocals –even featuring some sensual female backings, is a real bonus. The songs are more accomplished, which is also true for the writing. I like the analogue-like sound treatments and effects emerging at a few tracks. Label mates Vlimmer and XTR Human also had a helping hand in releasing this work.

– – – : This is an easy listening album, but without absolute highlights. I’m missing a few explicit melody lines and/or dancefloor orientated songs.

Conclusion: This work sounds as an interesting progression and I’m sure the true potential of Feu Follet still has to come through.

Best songs: “Journey”, “A Light Underground”.

Rate: (6 ½).




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