Fortune - Staring At The Ice Melt

Fans of Phoenix and other soulful pop rock acts will be in for a treat.

Fortune are a French band with many famous French friends, all whose influence can be found on their debut album ‘Staring at the Ice Melts’. The friends they sound most like are Phoenix who they have supported many times and maintain their brand of cool Parisian pop with an electronic sheen. Their early recordings were produced by Perrick Devin who worked with dance legends Etienne De Crecy and Alex Gopher and this was continued by Stephane Briat who has helmed sessions by Air and Sebastian Tellier.

So far, so French but this band does have some tunes to back them up. ‘Since You’re Gone’ has some nice niffs, as does the catchy single ‘Bully’. By mixing styles such as disco and house with a pop sensibility Fortune occasionally stray into eurodance cheesiness but then a nice hook or verse seems to save them at the last minute. Many of their tracks could be remixed to stronger effect which will probably come to fruition via their contacts in the upper echelons of the Gallic music scene but this is no bad thing. Fans of Phoenix and other soulful pop rock acts will be in for a treat with this release; those looking for something a bit beefier would be advised to stay away.

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