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- Costa Blanca by The Liminanas
9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 12 November 2013
The brilliant Liminanas are back this week with their third album. This one sees the Francophone duo return to their spiritual home of Trouble In Mind after an unlikely pairing with HoZac for their last one, the superb ‘Crystal Anis’, but the remit remains the same. Louche, nonchalant vocals and spare, shuffling psychedelic grooves with tambourines and organ and dirty wah guitar vibratoed into a shuddering drone.
There’s something timeless and dusty about their sound like it’s been sitting on a shelf waiting to be discovered for months or even years, it’s hard to put your finger on why, perhaps the ramshackle physicality or maybe just the simplicity and space of the songs, but it’s the same feeling that I get from a lot of Sparklehorse stuff, as if it’s just beginning to rust. Almost all the songs are in French, with the vocal delivery very much reminding me of Stereolab in places, but there’s not a synth in sight here, these two prefer to shuffle along with guitars and mandolins and other such earthy contraptions, often evoking the cold twangy awkwardness of the Velvet Underground or the baroquesque stoicism of Ralfe Band. Ultimately what will keep you coming back to this record, though, is the fact that these are all good songs with simple but seductive melodies delivered with casual style and restraint. Excellent band.
8/10 Andreas Krings Customer review, 11th December 2013
It's rather enjoying to listen to this album. It's exactly the album a listener who loves the Liminanas style would like to have. But on the other side, it's a typical "third" album. Not new as the first one where the whole band and project is new. Not new in the sense where the stress in working in the music business forces a slight change in style and content of the second album. It's the third try, where there's more in of the second attempt than inventing the style or the band complete new, or coming to a full circle to the bands beginnings. Great fun to listen to; even greater fun to own, due to the fine cover design; but not surprising.
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