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Francis Plagne

Tenth Volume of Maps

(Lost and Lonesome; US: Import; UK: 7 Oct 2011)

Melbourne, Australia’s Francis Plagne has entered an actual recording studio for the first time in his career and emerged with a more song-oriented and less experimental affair than his two previous full-lengths. With a nod or two to McCartney to help things go down easy, Plagne nevertheless has created one unique sounding album. Tenth Volume of Maps is pop enough to be palatable, but experimental enough to keep everything interesting and unpredictable. It includes a number of memorable tracks, namely “Spun Six Circles”, “Row Oarsman, Row” and “Features”. The nearly 10-minute “Yesterday Sponge” recalls Plagne’s more experimental side, but without betraying the song-driven vibe found elsewhere.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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