There was a time when you could spot a hip restaurant simply by the Thievery Corporation or DJ Dmitry tunes wafting groovily from the sound system (veritably always accompanied by the icy stare of the 6-foot-something model-hostess). Nowadays, however, you might just as likely be serenaded by Sky Ferreira or The Clash, depending on your choice of neighborhood dining destination.
Fig & Olive may have introduced its version of Mediterranean epicurean sophistication on NYC’s Upper East Side in 2005, but its mini-empire now takes in Fifth Avenue in Midtown, the Meatpacking District, West Hollywood…and even Scarsdale (Newport Beach and Chicago are on the way). So the launch of its new series Fig & Olive – The Music Collection, certainly would have to go easy on the preening underground hip. And sure enough, French producer and the restaurant group’s official Music Director Julien Nolan describes the overall vibe as, “dreamy, sensual French Riviera chic.”
But no flaccid background music, this. The inaugural installment of The Music Collection takes in Ivy’s ruminative “I Still Want You”, Imogen Heap’s breezily sexy “First Train Home”, Nouvelle Vague & Coeur de Pirate’s winsome “Voila les Anges” and even some unexpected, rather melancholy gems like Chateau Marmont’s “Wind Blows” and Roosevelt’s “Soleil”.
Nolan confidently insists that the compilation evokes, “Enjoying good champagne and looking at the sunset.” We are at pains to find any fault in such an endeavor.
Released this week, the CD is available for purchase in the restaurants, as well as on www.FigandOlive.com and iTunes.