Je Suis Une Île 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - JON DaLe

swoon­ing, prog-pop de­but, drift­ing in from Paris

Part of an un­der­ground of wist­ful, dream­work French pop, Maud Nadal’s de­but al­bum is a slow burner, but also an un­ex­pected gem. At first blush, it’s clot­ted with pe­riod-piece elec­tro tex­tures, but deeper lis­tens re­veal a pe­cu­liarly com­pelling, prog­pop heart. And while on oc­ca­sion it loses its foot­ing with some sim­plis­tic dream­pop-by-num­bers, there are plenty of un­ex­pected, in­spired touches, like the sea-swoon of “Dans La Nuit”, which sails out on threads of dis­tinctly Robert Wy­att-es­que key­boards. It makes per­fect sense that she’s friends with Melody’s Echo Cham­ber: their best mu­sic is beau­ti­fully un­moored, adrift.

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