Phoenix – Ti Amo
Release date: 9th June 2017
Four years since album number five 'Bankrupt!' was released and we've been treated to their sixth album in the form of 'Ti Amo'. This being the third album since their breakthrough 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' in 2009, the Versailles formed French Rock/Pop/Electro also managed a headline set at Coachella to really establish them as a big time band.
The band teased new material in a lingerie advert directed by lead singer Thomas Mars' wife Sofia Coppola. This ended up being the fourth track off the album titled 'Fior Di Latte' translating into 'The purest of Italian Gelato' and with the slow synths and sexual lyrics and delivery of the vocals you can see why it was used and even teased to fans.
But let's start with the opener 'J-Boy' which is to be their first single released from the album in late April. An 80's induced track full of beats and hooks that keeps you excited throughout and makes you want to watch 'Drive' once again. Moving into album titled second song 'Ti Amo' a synth opening track with whispers of French romance and mentions of drinking Prosecco stood next to a jukebox playing The Buzzcocks it's a strong announcement of the album title.
With a reminder of their sound safely in the brain after 'Tuttifruiti' I get that feeling of missing that unforgettable French voice backed with ear grabbing synths, hooks and riffs for days with the beats of the drums all mixing into a wonderful melting pot of music joy.
'Fleur De Lys' is the highlight of the second half of the album where I can only feel left wanting more from the latter of the album but all in all a welcome return and a French Rock/Pop/Electro itch has been scratched.
Favourite Tracks: 'J-Boy' & 'Fleur De Lys'.
LIVE: Six date European tour string in September 2017. See below for dates.