Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Salvation” by The Limiñanas from the 2012 album Crystal Anis on Hozac.
Although the garage-pop duo The Limiñanas hail from France, their influences are clearly American, with hints of ’60s pop and psychedelia trademarks resonating deeply in their vintage sound. Comprised of Marie Limiñana on drums and Lio Limiñana on most other instruments (along with guest vocalists Mu and Nadge), the pair’s love of the ’60s is equally reverent and fearless, making the band less of revivalists and more of re-interpreters. Built around a haunting keyboard riff and tambourine-inflected drums, “Salvation” is like a dark version of the Ronettes: eerie, hook-heavy and utterly convicting. The song has all the hallmarks of a ’60s pop tune (and a surprisingly well-incorporated banjo riff) combined with some very Velvet Underground-esque tendencies to make a chilling, straightforward gem that could easily pass as a track from the era that inspired the duo.
The Limiñanas have yet to announce any US tour dates behind Crystal Anis, but if you keep track of them on their Myspace, you’ll be the first to know when the pair return to American shores. Watch the band perform their track “I’m Dead” live in New York City last year below.