Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca

by The Limiñanas

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Overview

Costa Blanca

The Liminañas' third album, 2013's Costa Blanca, finds the French duo making some subtle renovations to their sound, bringing in some new elements that help to expand the tightly focused sound of their previous work. While the main thrust is still a lively brand of French pop meets Velvet Underground garage rock, they add more acoustic guitars, stretch out the songs' running times, and generally retreat from short, punchy songs in the direction of songs that take their time to unwind and have more diffuse charms. Whereas most of the duo's older work sounded lifted from a compilation of forward-thinking Continental Nuggets, this time out there are tracks, like the instrumentals "Alicante" and "Rosas," that have a definite deep-cut soundtrack feel that's new and quite interesting. Other tracks explore some new moods, too; the slowly chugging "Votre Coté Yéyé M'Emmerde" has a lot of sinister menace, "La Mélancolie" has a lovely downcast strut that seems perfect for listening to while walking through late-night rain, and "Cold Was the Ground" reaches a level of slow despair they hadn't delved into before. Not all has changed in the Liminañas camp, though. Once again, drummer Marie and bassist/organist Lionel bring in a slew of vocalists (including longtime collaborator MU) to help out, each of them adding a different feel to their songs but sounding great all the same. A few songs stick to the established formula that worked so well in the past, too, like the stomping "My Black Sabbath" and the rambling psychedelic rocker "Liverpool" that ends the record on a high note. Mostly though, the album is a successful blending of the past and present, with every new idea working out just right, with the end result being an album that capitalizes on the Liminañas' many established strengths and sends them shooting off in new directions that prove just as satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2013
Label: Trouble In Mind
UPC: 0700358474538
catalogNumber: 60
Rank: 66139

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Limiñanas   Primary Artist
Marie Limiñana   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Lionel Limiñana   Organ,Banjo,Bouzouki,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Fuzz Guitar,Group Member
Nadège Figuerola   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Paula H. Satan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Muriel Margail   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Laurent Sales   Bouzouki,Sitar,Oud,Guest Appearance
Guillaume Picard   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Francesca Cusimano   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Bill Roe   Artwork,Layout
Limiñanas   Producer
Serge Limiñana   Composer
Lionel Limiñana   Composer,Engineer
Paula Scassa   Composer
Henri Limiñana   Composer

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