Travelling Light is an exceptional album from top British female artist FLO featuring her French producer and music partner Ilan Rog. This album starts with the dreamy, trancey, melodic opener and title track " Travelling Light" with it's infectious melody and sexy vocals. This whole record is what is commonly known as pure melodic and atmospheric genius. Flo's voice goes from a whispery Alison Goldfrapp-esq mood to a Kate Bush high but all placed over a dreamy, kitsch French ( Yes this is the real thing Madonna not just a hired team to sound French and fit in with the trends, this is real hearty stuff ed ) disco St-Etienne esq feel.
Lovely Vince Clarke like bleeps flow over atmospheric pads and timeless trancey basslines. From up tempo dancey Ibiza letting yourself go on the shore type sounds to the completely scarce beauty and emotion of the exceptional ballad" How Hard " which is in our opinion one of the most touching and best break up songs of loss ever written. Lovely. This album also features an incredible new flirty disco trance pop version of the classic " Pale Shelter" from one of the best albums of the 80's " the Hurting" by Tears for Fears.
We could go on about every song on this album but it would take up too much of your time you must get a copy. Basically this is pure emotional ambience, sexiness, drama, love, loss all over a kitsch, timeless background. It's not all dancey either the lovely " Difficult Company " is a slightly Portishead crossed with Kate Bush-esq pop gem. Also look out for the hip hoppy, Jazzy and dreamy St Etienne-esq "Easy" and the ambient, folky and very touching "Cintaku"" + the very 80's/90's Yazoo/Kate Bush like " Through my eyes". Excellent !
Dreamy, timeless, trancey and melodic as hell is the only way to describe the mood of this album and with the heavenly spine tingling vocals of Flow on top it makes this one of the most exciting albums of 2006. " Funny how things turn out in the end - Flo" - Dale Olivier - Head of A&R.
The album Travelling Light also comes with a bonus disc featuring extra material.
Travelling Light is the first album to be promoted under her own name, but Flo has been actively making music for fifteen years. She formed Overflo in the mid 90s, an Indie four piece and did the usual gig trails in and around London for a few years until the band split in 97. Inbetween she has collaborated with JMajik and the Metalheadz and completed OSymbiosis¹ her first studio based album with the French/English
Third Element. She met her music partner and producer Ilan Rog in 1998 working on the Third Element, and with the disintegration of the project, they started work together on what we now know as Travelling Light.
Now based in the North West Flo and Ilan continue to establish themselves as a production team writing and recording inbetween Wrexham, where they share studio space at The Bunker with KKlass for whom Ilan has engineered many remixes , and London where his sound engineering work with the infamous Manfred Mann is based. Mixing is done here and also in Paris where Ilan was based working as a sound engineer and producer for seven years, before coming to England. They collaborated with top french hip hop Djs LBR and Kut Killer on Travelling Light and recently were commissioned to write and produce a single to represent the Miss Sport France and Europe event in the Côte d¹Azur.