French Kicks remind us of a specific time in Brooklyn’s history. We’re not going to get Kokie’s nostalgic on you, but we could, even though they never quite fit in what was happening at that time. Good for them. The New York quartet are back with a new album Swimming, their second for Vagrant. They produced and mixed it themselves. They did a good job, judging from the elegant pop cloudiness of the lead track “Abandon,” which subtly folds hand claps, strings, and instantly familiar riffs into guitarist/vocalist Josh Wise’s daydreaming. It pairs nicely with that new Notwist tune.
French Kicks – “Abandon” (MP3)
That opening, jagged guitar line is really sweet. It’s like post-punk for cocktail hour. Though, to be honest, and while we’re on the topic of libations, the drink-infused album art reminds us of Pottery Barn. Or a strip-mall Japanese restaurant. See below. Otherwise, kudos.
Swimming is out through iTunes on 4/1 and in stores on 5/20 via Vagrant. They’re going on tour soon. More dates TK.
4/01 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
4/04 – Boston, MA, @ Middle East
4/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
4/08 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
4/15 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
4/24 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
4/25 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
4/26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
4/27 – Asheville, NC @ Bald Eagle
5/15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
5/16 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
5/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
5/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
5/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
5/23 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah