The new album from Dutch singer Fleur expands on the charms of her debut, dipping further into ‘60s sounds, painting over Northern Soul melodies with the sunshine psych of Brian Wilson and a litany of followers. The A-side on this pre-album single appears on Bouquet Champêtre, which finds its way out today. In line with much of the rest of the album it’s lovesick and swooning with soul rhythms and gauzy production. For this release I’m a bit more interested in the non-album flip, though. More in line with the garage and Ye-Ye from her debut, “Allez Allez” is a pure candy rush of day-glo drums, handclaps and fuzz guitar. Sure the song is dripping in pastiche, but Fleur pulls it off without a hint of irony. The track brightens up a room, feeling like a bubblegum smack on the cheek that leaves the listener bright and buzzing.
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