Release Date: Apr 15, 2016
Record label: Because Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Garage Rock Revival, French Pop
The Limiñanas arrived fully formed on their first single in 2009 and haven't strayed too far from their winning formula. Drummer Marie and bassist, guitarist, and organist Lionel established a unique sound derived from the pop of Serge Gainsbourg, the smoky sophistication of '60s film soundtracks, the lo-fi buzz of the Velvet Underground, and the melodic sweetness of the Jesus and Mary Chain right away, and their fourth album, Malamore, is built on this same framework. As with previous albums, part of the fun is seeing what they might add or subtract from the equation.
The decision of Lionel and Marie Limiñana to quit the rat race and go full time doing the thing they love seems to be paying dividends. The Perpignan-based pair are now on their fourth album, picked up by Because Music no less, and featuring a star turn from Peter Hook this time around (but don't hold that against them. ) There's nothing particularly new on Malamore that you couldn't find on their previous records, but the artisan refinement of the songs and the tenebrous, almost narcotic production takes this offering into a different stratosphere from what's come before; the elevated world they've created is a place where one can sit back and imbibe dizzying sedatives that float freely in the air, surrounded by the coolest vintage swag you can imagine.