Bringing back that effortless French cool in a way that only they can, the French outfit’s seventh is easily their best since Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Or, in the case of Phoenix, it makes creativity spring ever faster. Over lockdown, Phoenix were separated as lead singer Thomas Mars now lives in the United States, while his bandmates remain in Paris.
There's an erroneous school of thought that Phoenix calcified on 2009's 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' , a breakout moment that has come to define them in many quarters. Deeply intelligent electro-pop with an indie appeal, the French group's output is often anchored to this record, but that ignores the subtle, and often striking, elements of evolution within their catalogue, carefully finessing their creativity while introducing fresh ideas. 'Alpha Zulu' – their first since 2017's 'Ti Amo' – epitomises this tendency.