“Once” is the first collaboration between Christophe Vaillant (Le SuperHomard) and Australian singer Maxwell Farrington.
Marrying Farrington’s rich baritone croon with Vaillant’s deft yet stirring compositions and you’re left with a record that feels like a lost classic. Whilst those influences they initially bonded over are clear on the record, it goes beyond being a simple ode to them. As Le SuperHomard - whose 2019 debut album received great critical praise, Vaillant exercised his clear pop chops via dreamy synth grooves and sparkling melodies. Here that craft is equally on display, albeit with a tonal shift towards more orchestral pop, with lush, sweeping strings lifting songs as equally as tender strums of guitar keep them propped up. Combined with Farrington’s endlessly infectious vocals, the pair have landed on something that owes as much to the music’s rich history as it does to contemporary sounds.