Perhaps not crushed, but certainly smushed under the weight of an awful lot of work lately, I find myself sometimes seeking out the etherial relief of some pretty, light music. To salve my ears after they start to crack and bleed under the driving thump of some minimal electronic bullshit I’ve cued up to push me through another deadline, I’ve begun to amass a small collection of standby tracks and records, soothing balms for my aching psyche to slather liberally all over my earballs in their time of need. At the top of the stack, lately, has been the Limininas.
With a name as hard to spell as it is to phonetically sound out the first time you read it, their music is quite the opposite. Simple, garagey, fun, and so French it verges on caricature, the small amount of edge each track carries is perfectly balanced against the downy soft vocals and overt and calculated naiveté. The fuzzy psych and fem-Gainsbourg lackadaisicality is as appropriate for chilling out with a well mixed drink after a hard day at work as it is for scoring a stylish evening gathering. And some of the more stomping tracks, with their simple four fours floor toms and rattling tambourine, would make for heady drunken dance numbers.
It’s worth investigating their entire, modest collection- two full lengths so far, and a few EP’s- but my favorite tracks are the dreamy “Longanisse” and the choppy clapper “Je Suis Une go-go Girl” (a live version of which there is a video below).
Also check out their pretty rad music video for “Down Underground” here.