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Justin Francoeur / Press

“Sometimes it’s not easy to define art. Though there are always the familiar markings of songwriters past and their influence on modern culture, you never know exactly how those ideas will come back out through the filters of an artist. Justin Francoeur is one such artist, and his album “Moving Through Universes” is as much an excercise in tenacity as it is in bringing together multiple styles of music into an evolved cacophony of dare I say “world music”? Skope: Can you give us a brief summary of Moving Through The Universe? Is it a concept record? Justin: Not in the strict sense of every song being integral to a specific theme or successively telling a story. The title however, is conceptual. Moving through universes speaks of the theory of parallel universes and the further metaphysical concept that through a change in thought, one can “move” between universes, where everything looks exactly the same but maybe one or two things are gone or different. Skope: Your lyr”

“ It's fairly clear from the opening cut of Justin Francoeur's debut, Moving Through Universes, what an ambitious undertaking the disc was: "Gravity" starts off with a rock groove and gradually works in various worldly elements such as the erhu, a Chinese stringed instrument played here by Brian Mullins. Francoeur clearly has an affinity for Peter Gabriel, as evidenced by the title track and the Native American-flavored "Hoka Hey"; he also has a flair for making things fairly dramatic at times with his use of dynamics. While Francoeur sings and plays numerous instruments and does the programming on the ten-song disc, some of Denver's finest musicians, including Ron Miles, Tony Black, Artie Moore and Damon Scott, lend their skills to the album, which at times is rather epic. ”