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Album Review

OK, so their full name is pompous ("Artificial Animals Riding on Neverland") and they aren't exactly original, but AaRON still do a lot to uphold the honor of La Belle France in the face of Anglo-Saxon indie rock. Birds in the Storm plays by the rules, down to the English lyrics, but what really matters is that it is a clever, moody, and enjoyable piece of work. The duo of Simon Buret and Olivier Coursier runs the gamut of associations here, from the upbeat Brit-pop of "Seeds of Gold" to "A Thousand Wars," which sounds like a more dejected version of "Street Spirit," especially thanks to the Thom Yorke imitation in the vocals. Many other bands can be name-checked in between: AaRON mostly stick to an ascetic guitar-based setup — sometimes just a guitar and nothing else — and it's hard to navigate those waters and come across as entirely unique. Electronica undercurrents in the Air/Moby vein do help, though, and anyway, the main thing about Birds in the Storm is not innovation, but the flawlessly crafted, deceptively engulfing atmosphere, which, after a couple of sunnier numbers, begins to justify the title, skillfully mixing fragility and nervous tension. Maybe Birds After the Storm would have been a still more fitting description, too, as the album is definitely on the quiet side, filled with sparse and bleak-but-comforting numbers that feel like the aftermath of a disaster that wasn't described on the record. In fact, they aren't far from Joy Division there, only by way of Mount Eerie, with jangly, laconic post-punk guitars mixed with indie folk restraint — but, again, those are imperfect analogies: AaRON's influences are no secret, but they do get all credits for the ambience.

Customer Reviews


these people are so good:)
pop? pop my BUTT these people are country / alternative
BUY IT..... i'd recomend Seed's of Gold...
or just go ahead

AaRON is great

This is a great continuation.. Seeds of Gold is my favorite <3


Formed: 2004 in France

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

The two men behind AaRON, English-language lyricist Simon Buret and composer Olivier Coursier, met in 2004. Although they had written 20-odd songs together within a year of meeting, the release of their material was delayed by Buret's burgeoning film career and Coursier touring as guitarist and keyboardist with industrial metal outfit Mass Hysteria. The pair shot to fame in 2006 when their songs "U-Turn (Lili)" and "Mister K" were used on the soundtrack for the box office hit Je Vais Bien, Ne T'en...
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