With their name inspired by a French lyrical term for the sound of swishing skirts, a sound said to have driven men delirious with desire at the Folies Bergères, Frou Frou's debut album Details
is suitably delicate, languorously sensual and deliciously evocative. One half breathless singer-songwriter Imogen Heap and the other uber-collaborator Guy Sigsworth, Frou Frou are a coupling of fine pedigree. Having worked with everyone from Seal
, to Bjork
(cowrote "What It Feels Like For A Girl"), Sigsworth's decision to reunite with Heap following his contribution to her 1998 debut album I Megaphone
is well judged.
Combining Sigsworth's electronic post-dance rhythms, naturalistic post-digital melodies and Heap's pre-bed honeyed vocals, Details glows with listless charm, effortless equanimity and an infectious joie de vivre. While tracks such as "Breathe In" and "It's Good To Be In Love" are both as gloriously uplifting as a dreamy cloudless summer morn, the romantic lyrics are self-explorative enough to keep the listener firmly rooted in reality. As Heap implores on "Dumbing Down Of Love": "music is worthless unless it can make a complete stranger break down and cry". A brave statement, but Details while beautifully emotional, is far more likely to raise a smile. --Christopher Barrett