01. Trust Me
04. Water Woman
Design by Yugo Hasegawa
Photograph by Suguru Saito
Souvenirplus hits the year running with an extended EP from Italian housemeister Francys.
First up, ‘Trust’ is a mid-tempo mood piece, chunky chords bliss the melody out, while a panoply of percussive effects call out, like the varied sounds of a night time jungle as described by synth. Running through the sylvan scene, like a burbling stream is an ethereal voice beckoning one into various euphoric crescendos. ‘Silver’ is a slow burner, tight drum patterns and reversed vocal samples driving it forward. The dubbed out bassline gives the track a spaced out ambient feel, bringing to mind FSOL’s classic ‘Papua New Guinea’. Next up, shuffling beat and gurgling bleeps create a retro-futuristic feel, with ominous arpeggios ratcheting up the tension on ‘Solitude’. Rounding things off, ‘Water Woman’ spurts to attention, with some lovely keys, shimmering synth washes and brushed snare work. The track builds in to a barely sung vocal, adding to the Balearic Beat feel, one to watch the sun rise to maybe?