Fránçois & the Atlas Mountains | 21/03/14

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This week, Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains release their new album Piano Ombre. Rather than just release the album through the traditional avenues, the band are releasing an innovative album app through iTunes to give fans a new way to experience the band’s music.

In addition to listening to the album, the album-app gives users a wealth of exclusive extras including access to additional tracks using the unique ‘Sun Tracker’ function, lyrics and song descriptions and updates from Frànçois via his handwritten tour journal.

Highly interactive and elegantly produced, it mirrors Frànçois Marry’s creativity towards his music perfectly. Heavily involved in the making of the app, Frànçois introduces the app below and offers a demonstration HERE.

“I am very excited to present Piano Ombre in the form of an application. Not only does it include a super version of the album, but it also includes an opportunity to dig further into the story behind each song, to follow the band on tour, and to have an insight of the band's creative environment.


When the label proposed me to take part in the creation of a Piano Ombre app, I was cautious of not creating just content that the user could collect and store (and forget about...) in their device. I wanted Piano Ombre to make the user look beyond their iPhone or iPad. I wanted an application that would make the user aware of where they are in space and in time.


That's why in order to unlock some exclusive Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains music, the Piano Ombre app invites you to track the position of the sun according to the time of the day or night you're in.


I hope you will enjoy the experience.




The ‘Sun Tracker’ function is at the app’s core and a concept created by Frànçois. With 24 songs exclusive to the app available to unlock, users can take photographs of the Sun, add filters to emulate Piano Ombre’s artwork and share. As the Sun moves each hour, a different track will be made available.


Two versions of the app will be available through iTunes. The lite version will offer 90 second samples and an option to buy Piano Ombre. Lyrics, guitar chords, handwritten explanations of each song by Francois will also be available upon purchase. Purchase the lite version HERE.

The premium version will automatically allow users to listen to the album at any time and come complete with lyrics, chords and explanations. A digital download of the album will also be sent to their email address. The premium version will be available to purchase HERE from Monday 24th March.

As well as via the app, Piano Ombre is now available on CD (WIGCD321), LP (WIGLP321), Digital (WIG321D) and limited edition vinyl with a bonus 7” featuring two exclusive tracks, Sleepwalkers Town and Bus Rouge (WIGLP321X). The iTunes edition (WIG321D1) will feature the two bonus tracks as well as an instant grat of La Vérité. Order the album through Dom Mart, HERE and through iTunes, HERE.

Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains will be bringing their fantastic live show to the UK and Europe this Spring playing a sold out London headlining show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on the 26th of March.  We are very excited to announce that they will also be headlining The Scala on November 11th, as part of the prestigious Festival Les InRocKs Philips, the first time that Les Inrocks has brought their world renowned festival to the UK. Full dates are as follows:

25 March: La Nef, Angouleme, France

26 March: London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (SOLD OUT)
27 March: Bristol, The Lantern (ex-Colston Hall 2)

28 March: Liverpool, Leaf - TICKETS
29 March: Glasgow, Stereo -
30 March: Manchester, The Roadhouse -

3 April: Gallia Théâtre, Saintes, France

4 April: Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France

5 April: Atabal, Biarritz, France

9 April: La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France

11 April: Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France

12 April: Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France

16 April: Big Band Café d’ Hérouville Saint Clair, Caen, France

17 April: 106, Rouen, France

18 April: Festival Mythos - Antipode, Rennes, France

19 April: Echonova, Saint Avé, France

15 May: Laiterie, Strasbourg, France

16 May: Amalgame, Yverdon, Switzerland

17 May: Theatre Lino Ventura, Nice, France

2 July: Les Arenes de Nimes, Nimes, France 

11 Nov: Festival Les InRocKs Philips, The Scala, London - TICKETS

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Supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by

the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


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