Feu Thérèse - Ça Va Cogner [Constellation - 2007]This second album from French Canadian art-rock collective Feu Thérèse finds them lining their rock craft with very retro 70’s/80’s sounding funky bass, electronics and french pop influences ,to offten very camp and often over the top effect, but without losing their creative and rocking moments.
This is certainly a much more approachable proposition, than their rewarding if more difficult first album With nearly all of the musique concrete, noise and sound art elements stripped away from the first album. The tracks here bob and throb along with early 80’s synth's that weave out chirpy melodic wonder or swirls mystical ambient wonder, vocal harmonies are abound and very French sounding often romantic crooning mixed in too, Funky bass lines snake and jive. We even have great cheesy elements like a child’s choir on one quirky synth march. But even though the tracks are tuneful and seemly harmless there are all manner of interesting and inventive moments abound; be it instrumental, tiny sound elements or vocal swoons. They never let the tracks become too paper-thin or washy- washy there always kept dynamic, rich and rewarding- with no really dud moments on display the whole album flows as an wonderful and memorable whole.
A very playful, day-glow and vibrate album that simply makes you smile, tap your feet along and wallow in it’s retro cheese & I whole heartedly enjoyed it. Roger Batty