Yohann Francoz is an artist from Quebec who recently released The Messenger EP. He has played in multiple bands before but his The Messenger EP contains four stripped back songs revolving around acoustic guitar and vocals.
It’s a well recorded EP with solid songwriting. The songs are on the melancholy side and feature some solid guitar playing. I was impressed by some of his guitar picking. He opens with “The Messenger” which is a slower moving song that contains poetic lyrics.
He sings “Snow-white puzzle full of blanks/No kind of footsteps/Fog so opaque it hurts my eyes/No organization traces”. It’s a solid song with good vocal delivery.
He amps up his technical skill on the next track “Listen To Me.” The guitar picking is exceptional and the song is mellow, reflective and warm. He sings, “Listen to me as I follow the lead / Salmon group in the abyss / Swimming to live / Fleeing away for their hearts to beat.”
“Daltonian” implemented a second guitar. On this track he softly strums a guitar and also provides vocal harmonies. The track is simple but perfectly enjoyable. In fact some of the simplicity is what makes it work. He closes with a highlight entitled “Jolly.” The track is audibly louder than the other tracks. It’s a haunting track with powerful singing.
Not too many people can pull off a solo guitar and vocals but Francoz does. His style works solo and he had my attention throughout the four songs. I’m definitely looking forward to where he goes from here.
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