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All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
Gigi: it's the kind of name like Dusty or Petula that brings to mind pop singers of yore. And this is exactly what Gigi are going for on Maintenant: indie pop that similar to groups like the School, the Carrots, and Saturday Looks Good to Me harkens back to the heyday of the Brill Building sound. Gigi is essentially a concept band that grew out of a collaboration between producer/engineer Colin Stewart who, prior to this, had worked with Black Mountain and Destroyer and Nick Krgovich P:ano, No Kids. The duo recruited well over a dozen of their friends among them Rose Melberg, Mirah, and Karl Blau and set up a series of old-school live-off-the-floor recording sessions. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
Gigi: it's the kind of name like Dusty or Petula that brings to mind pop singers of yore. And this is exactly what Gigi are going for on Maintenant: indie pop that similar to groups like the School, the Carrots, and Saturday Looks Good to Me harkens back to the heyday of the Brill Building sound. Gigi is essentially a concept band that grew out of a collaboration between producer/engineer Colin Stewart who, prior to this, had worked with Black Mountain and Destroyer and Nick Krgovich P:ano, No Kids. The duo recruited well over a dozen of their friends among them Rose Melberg, Mirah, and Karl Blau and set up a series of old-school live-off-the-floor recording sessions. The resulting album succeeds in every way a project like this should: that is, it manages to fulfill a fantasy i.e. one in which Rose Melberg is transported back to the early '60s, where she is the lead singer in a stellar girl group without sounding hokey or gimmicky. Maintenant is, more than anything, a showcase for Krgovich's irrepressible eclecticism and his penchant for touches of camp. This sensibility feels right at home on Maintenant -- after all, if there was ever a time to get campy, it's on an album that takes its cue from the golden age of beehive hairdos and beach party movies. Krgovich and Stewart pull out all the stops, kitsch-wise, and it's a joy to hear them let loose. Choice moments include the clippity-clop drumming and goofy bass vocals on "Some Second Best"; Rose Melberg's Bakelite-smooth vocals on "Alone on the Pier," and the rain-slicked Henry Mancini-style string section on "The Marquee." This playfulness bumps up against the album's sentimental side beautifully, especially on "The Marquee," where the song's cutesy lyrics "Under a blue and white beach umbrella/ Sittin' pretty, waitin' on a fella" are matched wonderfully by Katie Eastham's smoky-sweet vocals. Maintenant is, in other words, just a big old treat for fans of sweet-as-pie indie pop, not to mention a testimony to Krgovich and Stewart's collective creative prowess.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Tomlab
  • UPC: 656605673226
  • Catalog Number: 56732
  • Sales rank: 346,022

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No, My Heart Will Go On - Chorus (Turin, Italy) (2:24)
  2. 2 The Hundredth Time (3:33)
  3. 3 Dreams of Romance (3:12)
  4. 4 Alone At the Pier (3:16)
  5. 5 Everyone Can Tell (2:34)
  6. 6 One Woman Show - Joey Cook (3:11)
  7. 7 I'm Not Coming Out Tonight - Marissa Johnson (3:08)
  8. 8 Some Second Best - Chorus (Turin, Italy) (2:45)
  9. 9 The I Can't Bring Myself to Smile - Katy Davidson (3:46)
  10. 10 The Strolling Past the Old Graveyard (2:59)
  11. 11 The Marquee (3:11)
  12. 12 Impossible Love - Chorus (Turin, Italy) (2:11)
  13. 13 Won't Someone Tell Me? (2:23)
  14. 14 I'll Quit (2:49)
  15. 15 'Neath the Streetlights (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gigi Primary Artist
Colin Stewart Group Member
Rose Melberg Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Karl Blau Vocals
Veda Hille Organ, Piano, Vocals
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn Vocals
Rob Kieswetter Vocals
Chris Harris Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Larissa Loyva Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Nick Krgovich Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Ukulele, Vocals, Group Member
Rob Calder Trumpet
Katie Eastburn Vocals
J.P. Carter Trumpet
Darcy Hancock Percussion
Ryan Peters Organ, Percussion, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Barry Mirochnick Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Owen Pallett Vocals
Mariko Molander Violin
J. Kirk Pleasant Trombone
Shaun Brodie Trumpet
Ryan Beattie Vocals
Ida Nilsen Euphonium, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Zac Pennington Vocals
Sydney Vermont Vocals
Julia Chirka Bass Clarinet
Justin Kellam Percussion
Bryce Janssens Organ
Brent Follett Percussion, Glockenspiel
Shane Krause Saxophone
Peter La Grand Banjo
Duffy Driediger Percussion, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Joey Cook Vocals
Marissa Johnson Vocals
Katy Davidson Vocals
Ben Keyes Mandolin
Arland Mark Bassoon
Martin Walton Bass, Ukulele, Lap Steel Guitar
Jill Zimmerman Trombone, Vocals
Katie Day Cello
Patsy Klein Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Colin Stewart Producer, Engineer
Nick Krgovich Composer, Lyricist, String Arrangements
Julia Chirka Composer, Lyricist
Jarvis Taveniere Engineer
Stuart McKillop Mastering
Jacob Merritt Engineer
Jan Lankisch Art Direction
Christopher Doulgeris Engineer
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs Engineer
Jamie Tolagson Cover Photo
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