Fránçois & the Atlas Mountains | 04/02/14

Image: Francois LA VÉRITÉ

To coincide with the new album Piano Ombre from Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains on March 17th, La Vérité will be released as the first single on the same day. The video was directed by Mathieu Demy who directed the 2011 film Americano which starred Salma Hayek . He is also the son of film-making royalty Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy, the latter of which wrote and directed the French classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

“Here is our new music video directed by Mathieu Demy. It could be called: ‘When the Love Boat is sinking we're still singing’ Hope you enjoy” – Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains.

Watch the video for La Vérité HERE.

Piano Ombrethe follow-up to E Volo Love , is Frànçois’ first album to be recorded in a bona fide studio (in Entre-Deux-Mers, the ‘Between-Two-Seas’, region near Bordeaux in France) and with a producer (Ash Workman – Metronomy / NZCA Lines). The album was written in the South West of France (where Frànçois lives once again after moving home from his adoptive Bristol) and features his current line-up of Atlas Mountains - multi-instrumentalists Amaury Ranger and Pierre Loustaunau, drummer Jean Thevenin (all Frenchmen) and Glaswegian keyboardist Gerard Black.

Piano Ombre, which translates as Calm Down Shadow (meaning to ‘no longer be scared by things, because there is a way to see things in a positive light’), was written during a tumultuous year in Frànçois’ life.

Lyrically, the album documents another journey, of personal struggle, discovery, conviction and resolution, however the darkness of the lyrics is counterbalanced by the bright, airy and upbeat production. 


Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains will be bringing their fantastic live show to the UK and Europe this Spring, as follows:

25 March: La Nef, Angouleme, France

26 March: London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen - TICKETS

27 March: Bristol, The Lantern (ex-Colston Hall 2) - TICKETS

28 March: Liverpool, Leaf - TICKETS

29 March: Glasgow, Stereo - TICKETS

30 March: Manchester, The Roadhouse - TICKETS

3 April: Gallia Théâtre, Saintes, France

4 April: Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France

5 April: Atabal, Biarritz, France

9 April: La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France

11 April: Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France

12 April: Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France

16 April: Big Band Café d’ Hérouville Saint Clair, Caen, France

17 April: 106, Rouen, France

18 April: Festival Mythos - Antipode, Rennes, France

19 April: Echonova, Saint Avé, France

15 May: Laiterie, Strasbourg, France

16 May: Amalgame, Yverdon, Switzerland

17 May: Theatre Lino Ventura, Nice, France

2 July: Les Arenes de Nimes, Nimes, France