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Herman Dune: new album (quite like the old one)

Oct 4

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We had been trying to take a break from featuring French indie-folk, seeing as how most of our posts this year seem to have featured gentle Gallic strumming.

Herman DuneBut then out comes the new Herman Dune album, 'Next Year In Zion'. The New York based Franco-Swedish folksters (right) are following up their relatively successful 2006 long player 'Giant', a rather charming (if slightly same-ish) collection of shambling anti-folk.

The new album isn't a radical departure or new direction, that's for sure. 'Next Year In Zion' is just as full of lovelorn acoustica and happy-clappy melodies that'll entertain both grown-up soirées and children's parties. 

Were we to be cynical we'd say they were sticking to the formula of their gorgeous 2006 single 'I Wish That I Could See You Soon' - but their childlike joie de vivre makes it hard to be cynical around them.

If you're a newcomer to the world of Herman Dune, new single 'My Home Is Nowhere Without You' is fairly representative. The rhythm and percussion remind us of Jonathan Richman's 'Egyptian Reggae', and the brothers Herman Dune certainly share the great man's current taste for romantic strumming.

Herman Dune will be touring the UK in December, so perhaps they'll pop over to Eire around then. You'll find all the latest HD news on their MySpace page. Here's the video for 'My Home Is Nowhere Without You'. Paris-spotters; that's Montmartre in the video:

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Aidan Curran, based in Paris, has been writing for CLUAS since 2004. More info about Aidan...

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