Album Review

Liminanas, The – “Crystal Anis” – [HoZac Records]

abacus   8/22/2012   A Library, CD

I’ve always been a bit of a Francophile and with The Liminanas debut LP last year I discovered a love of French pop. This is definitely situated in a 60’s sound with the heroin haze of Lou Reed, and a fun-loving eclecticism that reminds me of Os Mutantes, all brought together with allure and seductive charm perfected by Gainsbourg/Bardot. The music here, though is timeless, with captivating melodic hooks that leap out from the??psychedelic??swaths of organ and classic guitar fuzz, with some banjo, glockenspiel, “yukelele” and others thrown in for good measure. Lionel is credited as playing most of the instruments while Marie plays drums but they got some friends helping out as well, especially live. The vocals drift between the suave spoken French (2, 5, 7) and some English pop singing (1, 3, 4, 6) with the thick, endearing accent and bathed in reverb so as to be mostly unintelligible. Tracks 9, 10 are sung in French and are particularly charming, one grooving number and one sleepier ballad. 8 and 11 are instrumental, allowing you to navigate these pleasant daydreams without narration. Light up and drift away…

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