Florian Lunaire: Spring/Summer 2011
A swirling piano arpeggio fades in. A weary, cracked voice sings about childhood dreams of horses' heads in the Arctic sea and fishing for eels. Strings gently weave through the piano and voice. Baroquely unfolding, Florian Lunaire’s 'The Persistence Of Memory' is hardly upbeat, but in capturing lost emotions and feelings it resonates. It’s a stand-out on Spring/Summer 2011, an extended EP
Arriving at Spring/Summer 2011 has been circuitous. A transplant form Nice, FlorianTanant first cropped up playing piano in The Powers That Be, the backing band of Chatham indie singer-songwriter Kid Harpoon. Trading as Florian T, he then hooked up with producer Aaron Horn, the son of Trevor (Buggles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood), and recorded the Mondestrunken EP, issued in 2008 on a revived Stiff Records. The title ('moon drunk') came form Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, which also lent its name to Tanat's new identity, Florian Lunaire. Next up, he was in the highly arty indie band Disappearers, who he still seems to be with. He’s remained Florian Lunaire for this new EP. Based on it, there’s no reason why Tanant shouldn’t simply stick with the solo identity. Distracting artifice isn’t needed.
That said, Spring/Summer 2011 are the first two chapters – he also writes fiction – in a series of releases based on the moods of the seasons. The seven songs are strong enough to stand alone, without a framing device. They’re all reflective, downbeat and centred around melody. Tanant’s rotating vocal on 'One (Laplace's Demon)'(the theory that everything in the universe has its place and, when known, can be quantified) is bedded by a simple clapped rhythm and backing vocals (from Gillian Macguire of Disappearers) that build to a compelling climax. In contrast, the relatively uptempo 'Summering Here' is as peppy as it gets, even though the song’s protagonist is crying for Liberia. Skeletal it may be but Spring/Summer 2011 paints its pictures, and fills in their stories.
© Kieron Tyler