L'épée is a collaboration between Brian Jonestown Massacre main man, Anton Newcombe, French psych-pop duo, The Limiñanas and French actor, former model and singer, Emmanuelle Seigner. Diabolique was recorded in The Limiñanas studio in the south of France then taken to Berlin by Anton, where he gave the songs a darker, more psychedelic edge.
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Hey you! Yes, you! Do you like Brian Jonestown Massacre? OK then, do you like the Limiñanas? How about French actor, model and singer Emmanuelle Seigner? You do? Well, you’re in the right place buddy! This collaborative little pearl, viz. ‘Diabolique’ by L'épée was co-concocted between Anton Newcombe of the aforementioned, with psych-poppers Liminanas, recorded at their studio in the deep South of France and all topped off with Seigner’s attractive vocals. Sometimes singing in English (‘Dreams’, the haunting ‘Ghost Rider’) but, thankfully, mostly in French... so even if the lyrics are atrocious (I mean, I’m sure they’re great, of course!) most of us Englanders wouldn’t have much of a clue.
Apparently the whole shebang was really pretty and airy and almost as cultured and fragrant as a freshly uncorked bottle of Chanel No.5 -- before, that is, ol’ Anton took the recordings away to a dank, cavernous hole in Berlin to have a fiddle and make it all darker, scuzzier and, like, even more psych (man). So what we have is a really nice psychedelic-rock record with dark, gothic sounds a-la the Cure or even Bauhaus, with a really good singer who sometimes sings and sometimes whispers in French o’er the top -- ‘La Brigade Des Maléfices’ is well sexy, monsieur.
The overriding effect is of a heavier re-channelling of Melody’s Echo Chamber, which is no bad thing. Anton did good here, I feel. I like it, I like it beaucoup. Je l’aime.
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