Patrick Codere is the main songwriter for Faux Plums. Besides Codere (guitar/vocals), the other band members include JP Maurice (guitar/keyboards/vocals), Dicky Neptune (drums), Vinay Lobo (bass guitar) and Rod Campbell (keyboards). They recently released In Tongues.
This is a very catchy album and it utilizes unique colors and tones. The band Deerhunter kept coming to mind. Codere sounds a bit like Bradford Cox but something about the aesthetics of the music and emotional resonance is also in there as well.
The band starts off with “Liebling” which is a pretty wonderful intro with a gospel vibe. There are multiple vocal harmonies, organ and piano. The band takes off with “Quiet Love” and I found so much to like about this song from the vocals to the palette of sounds. There are a lot of elements from guitar to pads but everything feels like it's working in unison. The vocals are extremely well done. I was drawn to the melodies but even more so the character and inflection in which he delivered the words.
Once I heard “Whip” I was a dedicated fan. Oh where to start with this exceptional song. It sounded like a mix between Perfume Genius, Wild Nothings and Deerhunter. Every section was more hook worthy than the last. On repeat my friends.
The band is just getting started. “Foreign Tongue” is a lush, vocal centric song that is powerful yet comforting while “Never Had Enough” is an energetic, fun romp. That ’80s synth flavor is all over the emotionally resonant and melancholy “Hunting Dots.” The hyperbolic “Raccoons” has so many flavors to it including Americana which I wasn’t expecting.
“Blue Hands” is a bit of a filler but it was a nice moment to catch your breath before coming back with the gorgeous “Vivian” which has some silky horns. Those horns were so '80s sounding and I loved it. “Be Gone” is beautiful and reminded me more of Perfume Genius. The album ends with the lush and serene “Strawberries in the Nude.”
This album is emotionally powerful but subtle and also uses levity to its advantage. The songs never feel close to being melodramatic. They felt just about right with a blend of emotion that reflects life. Highly recommended.
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