Whoa! Bess Music
Genres: indie pop, indie rock, lo-fi
|I've always had a fondness for demo releases; the
feeling of sitting down an listening to an obscure little artifact is certainly
special. Here, Champagne Francis has created a nice little demo CDR, and,
although there is nothing new, Champagne Francis still manages to provide a collection of
five catchy songs to the listener. Brimming with home-recorded, acoustic pop, the
"Waterskis" EP is a light, simple affair; although this particular artifact
isn't anywhere near to the best there is, it certainly shows potential - Champagne Francis
just may become a big name on the scene one day. The songwriting and
instrumentation is relatively simple; the melodies are constructed of soft guitarwork and
gentle vocals, and are accompanied by a relaxed, and unfortunately boring, drumbeat.
The title track is undoubtedly the best piece here, taking a (slight) cue from the
songwriting of Rob Pollard. Its infectious chorus is sure to get
stuck in your brain for ages. The rest of the pieces all have their own
qualities, as well, from the menacing, laidback glow of "New Waves" to the
deceptively jolly melodies of "Very Aviary."
Despite its flaws,
"Waterskis" is certainly a good demo. There's nothing fantastic, of
course, but every band has to start somewhere. Given time to mature musically, and
money to record in a proper studio, who knows what Champagne Francis is capable of?
We can only wonder...