So I’ve been reading a lot about the “Anglo-French illustrated indie folk” duo Uniform Motion and how they combine wistful melodies with visual arts created by Renaud Forestie and Andy Richards. I have swiftly concluded that this beautiful atmospheric group ought to have your attention. Their live performances consist of Renaud live sketching using a video projector while Andy plays guitar creating a very appealing audio-visual experience. The concept of the band is rather innovative, which sort of separates them from a lot of other groups trying to get noticed any way they can, and the fact that it looks as if the duo create the art themselves as opposed to perhaps a marketing team, certainly merits credit.
Life is the band’s sophomore album following their debut Pictures, and on this effort the duo crafted an uplifting spongy-acoustic experience that will calm your nerves on a stressful or hectic day. The opening track “Saving up for Sundays” is silky and delicate making it easy to absorb, “Roll Over” is catchy and charming and “Dry Eyes” is a melancholic poem fairly reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens. Life is an engaging record, the songs are superbly constructed and so enjoyable that the 8 tracks seem to fly by in the blink of an eye. Life’s most beautiful element is its simplicity; it has a soothing effect on the mind, and it’s content to sit back and relax and not scream out for attention making it that much more endearing.
This album induces you to use your imagination as you listen to the striking melodies and amazingly written lyrics. Life lacks intensity, but there is really no need for it, the vocals and the music links perfectly to build a melodic and subdued artistic triumph.