Sometimes writing about music is so mind-twisting. I go from the stoned ’70s rock of Elevator straight to the pop-touched ’80s delight of Floraline. The vocals lilt and dance across a steady, almost-disco beat, and I’m waiting for the handclaps. The melodics are right there, in that keyboard sound that takes you back to Pretty In Pink. There’s a beauty in this, a pleasure and passion that keeps it from being just an ’80s-sounding band. The guitar, light and fresh, the vocals, almost sounding like they’re being sung by a French pop star. Somewhere between St. Etienne and Ivy, perhaps… perhaps somewhere just following their own stars. There’s a sadness to some of these songs, but not depressing. You still want to hit the nightlife and dance, but maybe you just won’t be grinning as much.
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