Francis International Airport are Austria’s experts in sophisticated pop music with an alternative attitude. On their upcoming album the formally guitar driven indie sound is diminished in favour of more electronic tunes and almost majestic synthesizer themes with a slight 80s appeal – programmed and analog beats are going hand in hand. The genes of more prog-influenced guitar music à la Radiohead and The Notwist, which Francis International Airport carry, are now combined with the chromosomes of experimental Krautrock, known from the Düsseldorf circles around Kraftwerk and Neu!. This then merges with the stem cells of the great synth-pop of the 80s, so to speak the British school, in which New Order and Ultravox used to teach. What at first glance might sound incompatible soon appears to be almost compellingly logic. These five boys from Vienna reveal to be skillfull studio-geeks obsessed with all details of arrangement and production, whilst also sharing a passion for catchy tunes with melancholic ambience – cunningly utilizing the former to achieve the latter.