I became quite enamored with Rural France based on their previous album and the single released before today from the newly-arrived RF. However, I nevertheless was pleasantly surprised at just how good this new set of 11 songs is. Tome Brown and Rob Fawkes have composed their own songwriting cookbook, but the ingredients the use are the most common tags we apply to music we love and cover on this blog: Indie rock; Guitar pop; and jangle pop. And the influences high in our pantheon of heroes -- Guided By Voices, Teenage Fanclub, The Feelies. and a good dose of California guitar pop with a bit of country dust. Quality ingredients and influences alone don't guarantee good music, but Rural France clearly add the pop smarts, heart, humor and love of making music that result in RF being one of our top albums of the season.
RF is out today in digital and vinyl formats via Meritorio Records.