The Liminanas: french garage pop drawing on ye-ye, go-go, VU, gainsbourg, etc. - Crystal Anis LP (2012)

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More a general band thread than one dedicated to this specific album, but since it's just out (their second full-length), I figured I might as well tie it in. I love The Limiñanas*! Effortlessly lazy retro pop laced with organ drones, tambourines, catchy basslines, twangy guitars, and bored-sounding boy/girl vocals. Recommended to people who like to wear sunglasses and look really cool while smoking cigarettes.

Salvation (from Crystal Anis):

Je ne suis pas très droge (from the s/t debut LP):

I'm Dead (early single):

* Their name is properly spelled with a tilde over the first N, but I left that out of the thread title in case it messes up searches. And they don't seem to pronounce it anyway, so...

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:23 (five years ago) Permalink

a couple more tracks off their self-titled debut LP, which i've had a bit more time to absorb (came out in 2010):

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:25 (five years ago) Permalink

aaand a couple more off the new one:


Bad Lady Goes to Jail (demo version):

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I have the I'm Dead 7" which is pretty great but I never checked out anything else by them yet. Should probably rectify that.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:47 (five years ago) Permalink

you definitely should. "i'm dead" is GREAT, and it caused me to underrate their debut LP a little, but in retrospect, it's one of my favorite albums of 2010.

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Found the new album diverting for a while but it's way pastichey and I just go back to my Gainsbourg soundtracks in the end. "Hospital Boogie" is probably my favourite, even if it sounds like a Beta Band knockoff.

direct references of (seandalai), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 22:51 (five years ago) Permalink

um, how do you pronounce "Anis"?

Poliopolice, Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:07 (five years ago) Permalink

'raynce preebus'

balls, Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I have the I'm Dead 7" which is pretty great but I never checked out anything else by them yet. Should probably rectify that.

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flopson, Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:48 (five years ago) Permalink


A Pick Up Artist's Guide to Negative Approach (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 13 September 2012 03:14 (five years ago) Permalink

I can't see youtubes in my phone but the song 'je suis une go go girl' is awesome

Moka, Thursday, 13 September 2012 06:18 (five years ago) Permalink

good record. hozac have been killing it this year

yo is it true mcanus got sonned by a disco after a sunno))) beef (electricsound), Thursday, 13 September 2012 06:22 (five years ago) Permalink

LOL crystal anus

the late great, Thursday, 13 September 2012 06:26 (five years ago) Permalink

They covered "I Know There's an Answer" on a Mojo Magazine Beach Boys tribute covermount CD a few months ago and it rules.

And this 7" is really fantastic too:

Love 'em

Walter Galt, Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Think I might be missing a 7", but got the rest. Love them. Undeniably pastichey, but what the hell.

Wandering Boy Poet, Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:46 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, exactly. their sound may be a pastiche, but "french retro-60s garage pop" isn't a crowded field these days, so i'm okay with it.

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Thursday, 13 September 2012 16:03 (five years ago) Permalink

I dunno there's a bit of it about at the moment.

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 13 September 2012 16:07 (five years ago) Permalink

This is some seriously good shit.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Thursday, 13 September 2012 23:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I used dig a bit of April March but this really is the shit.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Thursday, 13 September 2012 23:49 (five years ago) Permalink

They're not really what I'd consider a breakthrough sort of band but everyone who I've played them to seem to love them at first listen.

I remember playing 'je suis une go go girl' at the outloud ilxor room months ago and even the metal dudes who hated everything that wasn't prog or metal we're into it.

Moka, Friday, 14 September 2012 05:31 (five years ago) Permalink

just listened to a few le pécheur tracks. they're doing something a bit different, imo. the sound is darker, noisier, more closely tied to heavy throwback psych rock and contemporary lo fi sonics. somewhere between retro pop, "shitgaze" and a black angels demo. singing and songwriting are a lot less appealing, too.

liminanas are as close to candy-coated modernist stuff like pizzicato 5, stereolab and april march as they are to grubby garage rock. kitschy but not quite cloying. to the extent that they do scan "rock", i associate them with the likes of the raveonettes, holly golightly and darklands-era jesus and mary chain: clean, orderly, catchy and rather simplistic (in a good way).

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Friday, 14 September 2012 16:40 (five years ago) Permalink


flopson, Friday, 14 September 2012 17:39 (five years ago) Permalink

loving this band so hard. so catchy, so cool. chocolate in my milk is such a great song. really cool album structures too, with the instrumentals and the recurring motifs and exotic instruments and whatnot. one thing i will say, this isn`t really meant as a criticism, but the two albums sound very similar? doesn't sound like they progressed, or maybe, more likely, they are determined to make a very specific type of music.

anyway this band is great. <3

marc iv, Friday, 21 September 2012 18:10 (five years ago) Permalink

They really capture this stiff, squared-off feel to the beats in yé-yé that doesn't come through in other bands that toy with the influence. It's hard to recreate that showbiz studio musician feel after decades of rock rocking harder.

bendy, Friday, 21 September 2012 18:19 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...


b-side "Mobylette" is life-affirming:

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 16 February 2013 00:58 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...


Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:59 (five years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

this is awesome - discovering this has made my day

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 23 November 2013 08:47 (four years ago) Permalink

Thread bump made me look to see what they're up to.. and there's a new album out!

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 26 November 2013 03:55 (four years ago) Permalink

It's a strangely jammy record after the concision of the last one. I like it, but it's scattered.

bendy, Wednesday, 27 November 2013 17:19 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

New comp with all the assorted singles out there:

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 11 October 2014 03:34 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New album in April!

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 29 January 2016 06:26 (two years ago) Permalink

I've always liked this band, but underrated them. Some of the strongest guitar rock of the last dozen years. "I'm Dead" is as perfect as this kind of music can get.

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Friday, 29 January 2016 12:31 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Full hour show from this month streaming here:

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 27 April 2016 19:18 (two years ago) Permalink

so psyched for new album! 2 months overdue, but w/e!

been listening to & thinking about this band a lot lately. maybe cuz stereolabe poll, i dunno.

mandatory sex webinar (contenderizer), Wednesday, 27 April 2016 19:41 (two years ago) Permalink

The new album is an achievement in how well they've optimized themselves and their sound. Every song is so "them" that all twelve songs pass by in one 70min long blur. Every song is the same because because you can just listen to it as one long piece. Of course I love love love this stuff. I can only find interviews of them in French, but machine-translated Lionel Limiñana keeps referring to the importance of "The Riff." I can't think of a better philosophy to life.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 28 April 2016 05:42 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Just found these guys and love them. It's so great finding a new band and then they already have 4 really good albums out.
I'm buying the hard copies of all four since they are albums I play from start to finish.

nicky lo-fi, Monday, 10 October 2016 18:15 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

I've been enjoying this kinda similar band lately. Also French, a little noisier.

The Man Who Saw The Midwife (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 6 August 2017 12:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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