French psych duo The Limiñanas are back. If Charlotte Gainsbourg doesn't sound enough like her dad for you, give these...
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French psych duo The Limiñanas are back. If Charlotte Gainsbourg doesn't sound enough like her dad for you, give these folks a try.
One of France’s most beloved treasures. Working in the sweetly swinging tradition of Serge Gainsbourg, the yé-yé sound of the '60s, shoegaze and psychedelia, the Limiñanas have a sound that blends sunny fuzz with vintage pop. Hazy, reverb-laden hooks, combined at times with noisy distortion, and fronted by effortlessly cool vocals in the vein of Jane Birkin or Brigette Bardot.
This quintessentially Limiñanas-sounding record has guest appearances by Joy Division / New Order's Peter Hook, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe (who also produced the record, for extra psych credentials) and French vocalist Bertrand Belin.
Based out of Perpignan, France, the group is composed of drummer and sometime vocalist Marie Limiñana and bassist, organist, and jack-of-all-trades Lionel Limiñana, as well as a host of guest vocalists, including MU.
With its combination of fuzzy organ, half-spoken/half-sung vocals, and vintage production, the band captures the sexy, ultra-hip sound of classic French pop. After releasing a series of singles, the duo released its self-titled debut in 2010 through the Chicago label Trouble in Mind. The band continued to crank out singles, and a second album, 'Crystal Anis', followed in the summer of 2012.
After taking some time to revamp the Limiñanas' sound to introduce more elements of French and Italian soundtrack music, the duo returned quickly with its third album for Trouble in Mind, 2013's Costa Blanca. After a collection of singles was released by TiM (I've Got Trouble in Mind: 7" and Rare Stuff 2009/2014), the duo teamed with French guitarist Pascal Comelade to make the 'Traité de Guitarres Triolectiques' LP in 2015 for Because Music. The next year, they released their fourth album, Malamore. It featured Comelade on one song and with Peter Hook on another.
After the release of a late-2017 EP, 'Istanbul Is Sleepy', which featured the band working with Anton Newcombe, they have returned with 'Shadow People'.