Franz Ferdinand

Hallam Foe Dandelion Blow

Franz put on some oversized French new-wave glasses, smoke an elegant cigarillo, and pull out the synthesizer for a very serious bit of film soundtracking. Not sure about the film in question, but it’s probably about a young boy’s sexual awakening, as these things generally are. The tune itself would seem to suggest so: an interlude-friendly Willo-The-Wisp of plinky synth and brittle guitar atop which Alex Kapranos sings, “You watch ’em for hours from space and clock towers” in a voice as wobbly as arty Super-8 footage. Nice, then, but it won’t have you bopping in the aisle.