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Music Review: La Fleur Fatale – Night Generation

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Curiosity always gets the better of me. Sometimes it will lead me to the parts of town that I really shouldn’t venture in to and other times I ‘discover’ something altogether more rewarding. I just had to see what all the fuss was about, and why a Swedish band with a French name was getting rave reviews for playing West Coast America psychedelic meshed with the best of Britpop.

Almost instantly after pressing play I could see exactly where this was leading me. Yes, La Fleur Fatale live up to the sensation they are quietly causing.

Their new album Night Generation has certainly been attracting almost universally sky high reviews. A recent review posted on line (AP) was viewed by an incredible one million people. Their music is now being used on movies and a recent UK tour will be followed in 2009 by a tour of the USA. Meteoric progress indeed.

Climbing from the ashes of one of Sweden’s most up and coming bands Planet Superfly, La Fleur Fatale, was spotted by enigmatic manager Papa Bear (Killer Cobra Records) who inspired them to explore the depth of talent they clearly possessed. Tapping heavily into the sixties vibe they began work on Night Generation released in Sweden in 2007. The album has now achieved near worldwide distribution throughout the summer of 2008 and the rave feedback has been flooding in.

Night Generation contains a taste of the acid of the sixties, but also has many other elements including anthemic Britpop choruses and Indie references. If you are lucky, an album may contain a few hooks that get you humming embarrassingly at the off licence check out, but Night Generation is overloaded with them. The album is one huge psychedelic hook dressed up nicely in swirling jangly instrumentation and multi-layered harmony. It draws from a clear understanding of many diverse influences such as The Stone Roses and The Bluetones, along with a odd nod to Oasis mixed into a psyched out Fillmore West vibe.

I need only highlight a few of the tracks on the album. Rest assured, there are no duds lurking within. The superbly constructed “Sunshine Underground”, the sumptuous “Seven Years”, “I Wanna Be Adored” complete with ‘Champagne Supernova’ references, the title track with its ‘Let It Shine’ chorus capable of lifting even the most morose of souls, “Free The View” with wonderfully jangling guitar and sixties keys, and “Swift Flash Of Mind,” a personal favourite. My curiosity was further satisfied by the fact that Night Generation somehow maintains this quality throughout, and certainly took me to a ‘feel good’ shining place where all the best elements of music across the generations come together. Keep it running for a hidden track.

La Fleur Fatale’s creation deserves the attention being poured upon it. With more hooks than Velcro, Night Generation will stay in your mind and pop out at the most inopportune moments.

Listen to streaming MP3's at La Fleur Fatale's Myspace link or visit their Official Website. Starting in November, anyone traveling on American Airlines will be able to hear “Sunshine Underground” and can then catch the band on their US tour – dates to be announced shortly.

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