The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Chocolate Watchband, Billy Childish and other garage heroes ; Ennio Morricone, John Barry and 1960’s Italian songs ; Can, Neu! and all the Teutonic knights of motoric groove ; TheCramps, of course, Nick Cave, Gainsbourg and tonic psych rock : Lionel and Marie from The Limiñanas know them all by heart, they worship them. They drink from that well and, after a good kneading and pounding, they make something else out of it.
The proof is in this fifth album which is blown right open here and there by a few very contemporary guests : Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre is simply enormous on Istanbul is sleepy. Then comes Emmanuelle Seigner’s super sexy tornado on the title track and Bertrand Belin, the French Nick Cave on Dimanche.
Oh… by the way, Peter Hook is also back ! Ex-New Order member was already on Malamore and scrapes his bass guitar again here on The Gift, a song reminiscent of an early period New Order. The rock’n’roll epiphany thus continues. It belongs to those who will listen – full blast – to Shadow People and will doubtless feel the urge to plug a guitar into an amp. A valve amp, of course.