As the UK basks in unusual amounts of sunshine during our usually wet summer months, French new wave outfit Phoenix have kindly delivered an equally bright soundtrack in the form of their sixth record Ti Amo. Their previous releases have always managed to capture the allure of their native Paris; its electrical charge, heady romance and effortless style. While creating this album they saw their city and country change dramatically, darkened by terror and an unsettling rise of the dangerous far right. Instead of heading into the shaky realm of politico-pop *cough* Witness *cough* they have embraced a cinematic version of the Mediterranean and have consolidated that into sonar vitamin C.

It begins with the pristine ‘J-Boy’, an impossibly positive track that explodes into a celebration of synth at the twelve second mark and ascends skyward throughout its four minute duration. The onslaught of giddy euphoria continues throughout the album, ‘Fleur De Lys’ has a Depeche Mode bounce with vocals that flit between Bernard Sumner and Jake Shears. The lopsided ‘Lovelife’ is equally as danceable, a sloppy ode to infatuation with the adorable innocence of a teenage crush. The rumbling ‘Role Model’ incorporates a hushed vocal and church organ, which emphasise the gigantic ‘ro-ro-ro’ drops whilst gorgeous waves of industrial guitar strings carry the track in a similar manner to Justice’s ‘Audio, Video, Disco’. ‘Goodbye Soleil’ exists on the strength of its bilingual melodies, moving between the disco and the beach from verse to verse.

The band recorded this album in mainland Europe, and it gleefully skips between languages and borders throughout its ten tracks. Christian Mazzalai recently commented that the band “use the English language as a tool, we don’t use it to be accurate or honest or authentic,” and this adds an awkward charm to Ti Amo. In a post-Brexit world, it’s heart-warming to hear a French band sing in English on an Italian titled album, and the outcome is tracks that are as delectable as the treats that receive shout outs, including gelato, prosecco and soft cheeses. ‘Via Vento’ offers something slightly darker and is a welcome shade on this breezy collection, experimenting with electronic vocal distortion and thumping percussion, this is designed for smoky dancefloors and full-capacity tents. For a band with a near two decade working history, and an even longer friendship, it is commendable to see them present fresh and forthright ideas and sounds.

Influence travels further afield for the album standout, the joyfully buoyant title track. The wailings of “don’t tell me” and tingly synth chords are reminiscent of k-pop, before those mechanic electro beats bring us back to the signature French disco of their peers and past bandmates Daft Punk and Air. Written during tumultuous times, Ti Amo is the soundtrack to a future as hopefully bright as the record itself.