French Possession | Foil for a girl in a posh frock

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Foil for a girl in a posh frock

by French Possession

Thoughtful, engaging lyrics delivered through memorable tunes in an occasionally retro style - 'pop' in the old sense of the word.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Roch Valley High
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2. Frail beauty
3:08 $0.99
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3. Foil for a girl in a posh frock
3:55 $0.99
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4. Wear and tear
3:28 $0.99
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5. The long slide
3:14 $0.99
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6. Controlled emotion
2:19 $0.99
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7. Deep in the long grass
3:14 $0.99
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8. Behind the waterfall
3:11 $0.99
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9. Autumn sunshine
2:58 $0.99
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10. Out of town
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11. Home
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12. I'll see you there
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
French Possession were formed during the early sessions of the ‘Foil for a girl in a posh frock' album. As the band became more focussed and confident, new songs were written and the album began to take shape.

Ironically, the new music is the first that you will hear. It reflects the backward-glancing disposition of the writer in the latter half of 2005. The second half of the album contains the earlier recordings: happy and sad songs about life, love and loss, written over a period of years and hence with a more retro feel.

What you don't get on this album, though, are songs that sound the same. Steve Jones possesses a songwriting style that is versatile to say the least. Whether you prefer the beatle-esque quality of 'frail beauty', the happy-clappy blue grass feel of 'deep in the long grass', the dark electronica of 'wear and tear' or the classic pop that is the title track, there is undoubtedly something for everyone here.

French Possession are: Steve Jones (guitar/vocals), Robert 'the kiddie' Burton (lead guitar/vocals), Bruno Newman (guitar/keyboards/vocals) and Briony Ace (vocals)

'Foil for a girl in a posh frock’was recorded at Resident Studios, London, England and produced by Bruno Newman.

Chris from CD Baby said 'I really love your album title. I'd give it a listen solely based on that.'

Punchline: The song - and album - delivers. Big time.

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James L. Orwin (The Philip Larkin Society)

Six superb songs on a debut album?
I came across this band while researching musical settings of Philip Larkin’s poetry. (Lines and phrases from Larkin’s masterpiece ‘Aubade’ underline the ending of the fourth track on the CD, ‘Wear and tear’; and there’s also a song called ‘The long slide’ – surely a reference to Larkin’s ‘High Windows’?) Of course I had to have it for my archive. Usually when I acquire a CD containing a song inspired by or relating to Larkin, I listen to it once or twice and file it away, but not this one.


The album has been on my car CD player ever since I got it. Five of the first six songs on the CD are outstanding, including ‘Wear and tear’ and ‘The long slide’. When I first listened to the whole album I made the mistake of trying to categorize the music, but each time I tried, the next song swallowed my theory and spat it out. After a couple of plays I realized that even though the songs are distinct and varied (‘Wear and tear’: 21st Century offspring of New Order and the Pet Shop Boys (?); ‘Foil for a girl in a posh frock’: structurally, reminiscent of The Lover Speaks; ‘The long slide’: Nick Lowe brainstorming with George Harrison?), they all sound like French Possession. A significant achievement for a first album.


Great care has been taken over the arrangements; particular mention must made of the understated vocal arrangements and, when it is used, the programming. A listen to the tracks will bear this out - so don’t take my word for it!


I can’t pretend that I love every song on the album (what a great album that would be – for me!), but this album contains at least 6 superb songs. I can’t remember the last CD I bought on which half the songs were excellent; and none were pap! (Ok, I can – KT Tunstall’s ‘Eye to the Telescope’, but those albums are few and far between)


Although, rather unexpectedly, I can’t seem to get ‘Deep in the long grass’ out of my brain, my favourite song on the CD has to be ‘Controlled emotion’: a sparse and beautiful meditation on the quiet destruction relationships suffer when one party is rendered emotionally and psychologically impotent (‘My problem is full-blown’) by the apparent indifference of the other: ‘The way you won’t cry though love has died’. I can easily imagine this song being performed by any number of artists from Keane to Kylie, Tony Bennett to Tori Amos. The sign of a truly classic song.


Deep in the long grass, deep in the long grass…’ – blast!!!
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