LFA is back with a fourth album, « Stars and Stones », now backed-up by two fine band members François-Pierre Fol and Yohan Landry. The three-piece stopped by a small town in the South West of France to record material that had been written over a period of two years.
Under the new creative impulse of the band, the folky dreamy songwriting of the first albums has been remarkably expanded and given an ampler, more powerful edge. A tight rhythmic section combines the intimate and tender melodies of LFA’s work with complex musical arrangements, adding a dynamic flow to the performance.
While keeping Luis’ sweet melancholy intact, « Stars and Stones » unveils a great deal of surprises, from the jazzy sounding intro of « Ninety days « to the electronic staple of « Gold ». Luis' haunted voice stands out on first listen. Its flow nestles into your ears right until the last notes of the intimate vocal harmonies of » Containers », which closes the album beautifully.
This fourth soaring performance reaffirms the creativity and potential of an artist who, whether he’s on stage or in the studio, clearly prefers to experiment rather than settle for musical convention.
Fourth album for Luis Francesco Arena, who became a trio. After two years of composition and thanks to his two new workmates, his songs are stronger and wider, mixing soft and introspective parts to more powerful phases, spectacular and federative. A very nice musical surprise that confirms the creativity and the potential of an artist who on stage or in studio, has always given priority to meetings than certainties, questionings than received ideas. Your turn to be surprised.
|1.||Ninety Days||Luis Francesco Arena||4:28|
|2.||Gold||Luis Francesco Arena||3:20|
|3.||Pocket Change||Luis Francesco Arena||3:59|
|4.||Saviour's Bow||Luis Francesco Arena||3:21|
|5.||Break The Spell||Luis Francesco Arena||3:15|
|6.||Monsters||Luis Francesco Arena||1:43|
|7.||Empty House||Luis Francesco Arena||3:20|
|8.||Morning Defeats||Luis Francesco Arena||3:21|
|9.||For Real||Luis Francesco Arena||3:07|
|10.||Ice in The Glass||Luis Francesco Arena||3:59|
|11.||Old Time Photograph||Luis Francesco Arena||3:43|
|12.||Containers||Luis Francesco Arena||3:33|