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Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains Biography
Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains are a French/British pop group, combining indie pop, folk pop, and African rhythms.
The band is led by Brussels-based French musician François Marry, who has also been a touring member of Camera Obscura. Other members also play in Petit Fantôme, Jaune!, Archipel and Babe. After growing up in Saintes, and studying at La Rochelle, Marry relocated to Bristol in 2003.
The band's first album was the mostly live The People To Forget, released in 2006 on Bristol's micro label Stitch-Stitch .
The band's second album, Plaine Inondable, was released in 2009 on Fence Records in the UK and on Talitres in France to critical acclaim, receiving a four star review from The Scotsman.
The band's third album, E Volo Love, was released in 2012, and was also positively received, with The Skinny writer Chris Buckle giving it four stars out of five and describing it as "unabashedly romantic...a study in understatement delivered with finesse", and Simon Price in The Independent decsribing it as "gentle indie-pop jangle with echoes of Afropop". The album received a 7/10 rating from the NME.
Marry has also released several lo-fi tapes and records.
The band's music incorporates French and English lyrics, with African rhythms, with Malian rhythms and highlife identified by reviewers. Marry's vocals have been described as "appealingly weedy", with a comparison made to Peter Perrett.