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Double U is the project of Franck Rabbeyrolles, the Montpellier-based artist once signed to Sonar Kollektiv, who released his debut album Life Behind A Window some four years ago. This album finds Rabbeyrolles looking back to the psychedelic folk scene of the late sixties and early seventies, even coming across as a bit Beatles-like on 'Shadows', fusing finely-crafted acoustic balladry with lyrical, jazzy elements. Far from being a mere exercise in retro chic, The Imaginary Band sounds entirely modern with pieces like 'Greenland', a beautifully penned song, but one infused with a modern electronic production sound. Nor is this album some clunky folktronica affair though, the attention paid to the string and horn arrangements reveal a depth and composure that's hard to come by. Cross pollinations of electronic music and old-fashioned folk seldom come off as favourably as this one, and while some might argue there's a little too much flirtation with easy listening tendencies, the whole affair shimmers with class.