The Limiñanas: New video 'El Beach'

'Listen carefully to the coolest vintage sound' Pitchfork
'French pop in its purest form' The Guardian
'The Jesus and Mary Chain influences and Serge Gainsbourg's sly sophistication' The Quietus
'Lionel and Marie Limiñanas stick to what they know — The Velvet Underground, Serge Gainsbourg, JAMC fuzz, ’60s soundtracks — but it always sounds effortless and cool' - Brooklyn Vegan
French duo The Limiñanas' new album 'Malamore' is out now.
The band have now shared the video for album track 'El Beach': https://youtu.be/bp169ELvyS4
As for their previous albums, Marie is on drums and vocals and Lionel on guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals. But this album also features a stable of guests, the most notable being Peter Hook, who adds bass and chorus vocals on the hypnotic and dreamy ‘Garden Of Love’, the first single off the album.
On the cover of their new album ‘Malamore’, their first for Because Music, Lionel and Marie Limiñanas are back in black and looking ineffably cool. They’re stood next to a classic silver Fifties trailer, shot at a beach festival in the French town of Paulilles by the Spanish border, just 30 minutes drive from the duo’s home town of Perpignan. They’d been playing a DJ set, “only with 45 rpm vinyl - Sixties punk, Italian pop, movie soundtracks and Seventies rock tracks,” they recall. “The picture syncs well to the colour of ‘Malamore’, like the artwork of a movie soundtrack. The lettering on the cover is significant too.”

The content of their DJ set, and the fact that ‘Malamore’ is also the title of a 1982 Italian film and a word that describes an obsessive brand of unrequited love, are the keys to unlocking The Limiñanas. One of France’s most beloved treasures, their latest and greatest album is rooted in garage-punk, but with the flair and range of a movie soundtrack: Serge Gainsbourg, meets Yé-Yé meets Phil Spector. The Nuggets compilations and early Stooges and Suicide albums meets the Sixties film genres of Commedia All'italiana and French Nouveau Vague, while sounding only like The Limiñanas. “We integrate a lot of different influences,” Marie and Lionel declare, “but most of the time, it’s unconsciously, and very naïve.”

Malamore’, like its 2013 predecessor ‘Costa Blanca’, is even structured like a soundtrack. “Or a reading book record, like we had in our childhoods,” the couple explain. “With ‘Malamore’ we were thinking of Sixties Italian sketch movies: Dino Risi’s ‘Les Monstres’ [The Monsters] is a great example. The main idea is a story with a start and an end, which can be linked even if they exist in different universes. Everything here is about love stories - thwarted love, aborted passions, funny or dramatic. But our album isn’t directly related to the Italian movie, we just found the title adapted to our record and the title alone sounded really good!”
Shifting from dramatic scene to scene, ‘Malamore’, just like The Limiñanas themselves, is a magnificently moody experience. Music for the ears and the eyes and quite unlike any other record you’ll hear in 2016.
WATCH 'GARDEN OF LOVE (feat. Peter Hook) VIDEO: https://youtu.be/DLYq5Mjp4eA
STREAM THE LIMIÑANAS' MUSIC: http://po.st/MalamoreLiminanasStream
Photo by Thierry Garcia