Monday, 17 October 2011

Single Review - French Wives - Numbers

French Wives are a five piece from Glasgow who have been notoriously good in the past. Of late they have been recording their long awaited debut LP, which will be called 'Dream Of The In Between' with producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle And Sebastian). The album is being released on the fantastic Electric Honey label, and is being preceeded by the release of a single, 'Numbers', on 24th October. The band are playing a small UK tour to promote the single, and play in Glasgow's Mono on Thursday 20th with support from Endor and Blochestra, so it's shaping up to be an awesome night.

Sounding like something which wouldn't be amiss on a Noah And The Whale album, the track kicks off with a chiming guitar riff which is quickly enhanced by swirling violin strings. Lead singer Stuart Dougan's vocals kick in sounding confident and assured. The strings are powerful, yet not overwhelming, indeed each instrument compliments and intertwines with each other, creating a sum of parts which is joyful to listen to. The track is peppered with little moments of uniqueness; a clap of drumsticks, soaring strings, and a chorus which is indefinitely catchy.

After an uplifting little violin solo, a volly of drums and bass create a finale which firmly whets the appetite for the rest of their forthcoming album.

You can listen to the full track below and will be available to purchase on 24th October. Also check out the band's website, Facebook, Bandcamp and Twitter.

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