French Letter Music Blog


French Letter

Dig those Flairs, man!

Feb 27

Written by:
Friday, February 27, 2009  RssIcon

THWACK! That’s the sound of gauntlet being thrown, as the first great French album of 2009 gets in the ring and starts picking fights.
Sweat Symphony by FlairsFlairs is the nom de rock of Lionel Flairs, itself a name which is just too good to not be a pseudonym. Mr Flairs divides his time between London and Paris, making rather deadly electro-pop in both cities. Some Flairs tracks have been doing the web-rounds since last year, and now he’s gathered ten of them into an album that already has us planning for our end-of-year Best French Music list.
It’s called ‘Sweat Symphony’ and the cover (right) features Lionel and his unflattering armpits. This is clearly a deliberate strategy to keep all the unpleasantness on the outside of the record, thus maximising the fabness inside. Funky, catchy, dancefloor-friendly electro-pop that’ll have you grinning and grinding and – yes – perspiring, ‘Sweat Symphony’ is joyous stuff.
Our favourite track? Well, for its statement of intent as much as its poptasticness, it’d have to be ‘Better Than Prince’. Better than Prince 1989-2009? Well that’s easy, seeing as the man hasn’t released a decent single in over twenty years. Better than Prince 1982-1987? Now that’s a big claim, but much of ‘Sweat Symphony’ stands up respectably to the purple genius’s golden age.
You can judge for yourself. Listen to tracks from ‘Sweat Symphony’ on Flairs’ MySpace page, and watch the video for ‘Better Than Prince’. (It was made by Jonas and François, responsible for the clever T-shirt video for ‘D.A.N.C.E.’ by Justice.) But quit picking on small fellas, Mr Flairs:

Location: Blogs Parent Separator French Letter

Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Security Code
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 


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

Is your Irish band playing in France? Your French band playing in Ireland? Let us know, along with anything else you think we might be interested in.

E-mail: frenchletter(at)

Live from the boulevards and venues of Paris - follow French Letter on Twitter!
French Letter updates and the latest non-Paris stuff too - check out CLUAS on Facebook!



Best French Music

Blogs and sites we like 


CLUAS blogs

Check out these other CLUAS blogs:

Archived Articles

All 'French Letter' articles published between January 2006 and March 2007 have been archived.

RSS Feed

Copy and paste this link into your RSS aggregator of choice  Subscribe