Q (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

French duo ex­plore their more outré corners for a sec­ond time. The Limiñanas op­er­ate within a mu­si­cal Venn di­a­gram where Vel­vets-y psych rock, hazy desert blues and smoky, Gal­lic cool co­a­lesce. I’ve Got Trou­ble In Mind Vol. 2 is their sec­ond col­lec­tion of un­re­leased ma­te­rial and rar­i­ties. Given the na­ture of these cuts, there’s a spirit of ex­plo­ration here that can be ab­sent on the pair’s stu­dio al­bums. Opener The Mir­ror, for in­stance, swirls at­mo­spher­i­cally around an in­trigu­ing spo­ken-word story from ac­tor Kirk Lake be­fore lurch­ing into a warped, bad trip take on late-’ 60s Kinks, fea­tur­ing kin­dred spirit An­ton New­combe (Two Sis­ters). It’s not all es­sen­tial, but there’s plenty to show that ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and style needn’t be mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive.

CHRIS CATCHPOLE Lis­ten To: The Mir­ror | Two Sis­ters | The Gift (An­ton mix)

“Ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and style”: The Limiñanas show both on lat­est rar­i­ties LP.

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