The Limiñanas with Pascal Comelade: 'The Curse Of Christmas' b/w 'Silent Night'
The Limiñanas is guitarist, bassist, organist and main songwriter Lionel Limiñana and drummer and sometime vocalist Marie Limiñana, and is based in the southern French border city of Perpignan. After having released a series of singles, on which the duo used several guest vocalists, The Limiñanas released their self-titled debut album in 2010 on US label Trouble In Mind. The music of the Limiñanas finds its inspiration in the French psychedelic pop music from the 1960s – think Serge Gainsbourg and the yé yé sound. The Velvet Underground and psychedelic garage rock were also important influences in the band's sound. This all leads to music that incorporates a lot of 60s elements, but still sounds modern and different from most of the other music around. The duo continued to put out singles and albums over the next few years, slowly incorperating new influences in their music, like European '60s and early 70s soundtracks and library music. On their third album, The Liminañas worked for the first time with French avantgarde composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Pascal Comenade, a cooperation that led one year later to the album 'Traité de Guitarres Triolectiques' on Because Music, re-released in 2016 as 'The Nothing Twist' on Trouble In Mind. Comenade, who became known for using toy instruments an an important component of his music, has released more than a dozen albums since the early 1980s and has worked with artists as diverse as Robert Wyatt, Faust and PJ Harvey. For their Snowflakes Christmas single, The Liminañas and Pascal Comenade again join forces and have recorded two songs together: original 'The Curse Of Santa Claus' and a version of 'Silent Night'. 'The Curse Of Santa Claus' has usual Christmas ingedrients like sleigh bells and church bells, and revolves around a story read by Odliz Bemer, but adds several vintage sounding organs, pounding drums and a fuzz guitar. The instrumental version of 'Silent Night' gives the much covered traditional a complete new perspective, with the melody being played by a glockenspiel, Herb Albert-style trumpets, violins and funky wah-wah guitars, all held together by a steady drumbeat.