The couple Lionel and Marie Limiñana are back with their new album “De Pelicula”, result of their collaboration with French electro pioneer Laurent Garnier.
This Limiñanas/Garnier project will be performed live by The Limiñanas alone... well not quite alone! They will have the great pleasure of presenting it exclusively surrounded by their faithful stage companions, a veritable gang of southerners and seasoned desperados. The Limiñanas on stage are 7 musicians devoted body and soul to the most primal rock, mixed with the most psychedelic vibrations!
"De Pellicula" is a friendship born from a mobile phone ringtone materialized into an album. In 2017, as Lionel and Marie Limiñana, the couple/duo that has formed The Limiñanas since 2009 and created six albums, pushed open the door of the Yeah festival where Laurent Garnier had invited them to perform, a mobile phone ringing sounded. Laurent recognizes the seminal riff of “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen. This was the beginning of an adventure between the couple from Perpignan and the Provencal. Four years later, the garage-psychedelic duo and the pioneering DJ/producer of the French electronic scene signed “De Pellicula”, a record in the form of a wild ballad resembling a film noir, born from a common desire to compose music that tells stories and upsets old patterns in a (super)sonic trance. A feverish road trip in pursuit of Juliette and Saul, teenage thugs in the romantic tradition of “A Bout de Souffle” or of “Sailor and Lula”, in the South of France close to the Spanish border, crushed by heat and bad alcohol. A concept album that is not afraid to take liberties with its concept. It could also be compared to "an Italian-style sketch film" as Lionel Limiñana describes it, where humor flirts permanently with melancholy in an absolute chaos. Sordid brothels, third-rate discos, 60s caravans, dope, a preacher from “The Night of the Hunter”, Roger Harth and Donald Cardwell, distortion and fuzz pedals, Gilles Deleuze and Professor X, this is the universe and some of the characters of this record in the form of a dramatic comedy.
At the beginning of De Pellicula, there is a common passion for the German band Can, trance, psychedelia, but also dance and all those "musics that provoke abandonment" as Laurent Garnier says. In 2018, Laurent remixed "Dimanche" from the Limiñanas' album "Shadow People". They talk a lot, laugh even more. In 2019, Lionel asked Laurent to work on what was to become "Steeplechase": six and a half minutes of a vertiginous maelstrom of psychedelic lava that is now one of De Pellicula's hypnotic peaks. The direction is pointed and as every cloud has a silver lining, the confinement of March 2020 will allow the album to materialize at a distance, but very quickly, in four months of intensive creative ping-pong. What Garnier sums up in one sentence: "We sniffed each other out, we really liked what we produced together and it then finalized very quickly and in a simple and organic way."
The result is neither a Limiñana techno record nor a Laurent Garnier rock album. “We worked as if we were sculpting the same piece of earth together,” says Lionel Limiñana. “Laurent's contribution goes far beyond the rhythms or the loops. He did much more than just produce; he brought in themes, arrangements and real writing. Everything was created together.” Accustomed to collaborations, whether with Anton Newcombe of the American group The Brian Jonestown Massacre or Emmanuelle Seigner for the collective adventure of “L'épée” in 2019, he has learned to leave room for everyone. There is, however, one rule that Laurent Garnier imposed: "I didn't want a track with a techno kick, I thought it didn't fit with this record. Lionel had put some in, so I kicked them out.” In fact, there is nothing straight in “De Pellicula”, it's a crazy record. “I wanted to stay in the Limiñanas' universe,” confirms Laurent Garnier, “rather than taking them towards techno. I wanted to keep their style, but with textures and structures that are my own.”
But “De Pellicula” is not only written by six hands. Bertrand Belin, who regularly collaborates with the Limiñanas, lent his voice to "Au début, c'était le début", for which he also wrote the lyrics. The same goes for “Que Calor”, written and sung by Eduardo Henriquez, the soul of the Franco-Chilean rock bands Panico and Nova Materia, while Ivan Telefunken, the guitarist of Pascal Comelade's Bel Canto Orchestra, added a few guitars. And for those who are wondering, it is indeed Laurent Garnier's voice that can be heard in "Juliette dans la caravane" or in "Tu tournes en boucle" alongside those of Lionel and Marie.