Story: Jack Foley
AWARD-winning pop-electronica maestro, Avril, releases the first
single to be taken from his acclaimed album, That Horse Must
be Starving album, this week - a double a-side comprising
the tracks The Date and French Kiss.
The Date features the vocal talents of Avril-ette, Ana Rago,
while French Kiss covers the classic Lil Louis acid house anthem
in Avrils own uniquely innovative and original style.
The CD single also includes a remix of The Date by Emilie
Simon, as well as the video for the track.
There is also a limited edition, promo only, one-sided vinyl
12-inch of the track, French Kiss.
Paris resident, Avril, is another thoroughbred from the always
reliable F Comm stable that is also home to Laurent Garnier and
His Now Its Spring debut showcased his pop-electronica
talents and 2003 saw his return to the fray with That Horse
Must Be Starving and this forthcoming single.
Prior to it's UK release, the album had been released in Europe,
where it amassed critical acclaim and won the Prix Constantin,
the French equivalent of our own Mercury Music Award.
Avril became the first winner of this prestigious award, beating
off strong competition from The Gotan Project, and Le Peuple de
LHerbe, among others.
Since then, he has been touring all over Europe and now threatens
to bring his live show to these shores in time for the summer
And the critics appear to have been lapping it up.
Q Magazine awarded the album four out of four and described it
as 'a compelling mix of melody-soaked pop songs and experimental
this years Royksopp anyone?', while Jockey
Slut referred to it, simply, as 'joyous'.
Muzik Magazine referred to its 'Bowie-esque vocal harmonies,
driving basslines, eerie, Boards of Canada-like washes and Pole
style scratchiness, plus spoken word samples', before adding:
"No wonder F Comm consider this really rather wonderful album
to be their secret weapon for 2003."