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Seigner may not see herself as a femme fatale, but Diabolique, the debut album by new collaborative band, l’Épée (the Sword), certainly does. A heady combination of 60s psych, yé-yé, lounge and drone rock, over which she purrs lyrics such as “I’m the Queen of Furs/The Earthquake Lady”, it’s as seductive as Serge Gainsbourg and as druggily alluring as the Velvet Underground. It also comes with the obsessive eye for detail you would expect from her collaborators on the project. L’Épée is a four-piece band comprised of Emmanuelle Seigner (Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle), Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Lionel + Marie Limiñana (The Limiñanas).

The collaboration came about last year, when husband and wife duo The Limiñanas recorded an album (‘Shadow People’) with Anton Newcombe. A track featured French musician, actress, model and muse Emmanuelle Seigner on guest vocals. When she came into the studio to record the group dynamic clicked and a natural collaboration ensued. Inspired by melancholic movie scores and the mythology of Rock’n’Roll music, from Lou Reed to the Rolling Stones, ‘Diabolique‘ is infused with light, shadows and layers of psychedelic fuzzy guitars.

The title is a nod to Mario Bava’s 1968 cult movie classic Danger: Diabolik, while the lyrics – mostly by Lionel Limiñana – were written as musical short stories in the spirit of Italian film director Dino Risi.  “I come from a theatre background, but I grew up loving Lou Reed, the Stooges and the Rolling Stones,” she says. “I always wanted to be in a band like this, but I started modelling at 14 and my life took a different path.” Throughout her film career, Seigner has released commercially successful pop albums – with French outfit Ultra Orange in 2007 and her own solo records (Dingue in 2010 and Distant Lover in 2014). But it was only in 2016, when she heard the Limiñanas’ track Down Underground while watching an episode of Gossip Girl with her daughter Morgane, that she realised her musical ambitions might still be fulfilled. She got on a plane to meet Limiñana and his wife, Marie, who plays drums, at their studio in Cabestany in the south of France. They recorded a song for the band’s album Shadow People, with Newcombe producing. “The result was so good that he suggested we should all form a band together.” It was recorded between Lionel and Marie’s home place Cabestany (FR) and Anton’s Cobra Studio in Berlin. The collective have named themselves L’Épée, meaning “the sword” in English, after it came to Anton in a dream.  Newcombe provides the rock’n’roll credentials. As the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s charismatic leader during the 90s, he operated as, effectively, a one-man Rolling Stones. His status as rock’s most mercurial madman was captured in Ondi Timoner’s classic 2004 rockumentary, Dig!.

Emanuelle Seigner wife of Roman Polanski  new project in L’ Épée [The Sword]. Aside from being an actress and a model she had long been into the music game having released two solo albums herself and a collaboration with Ultra Orange. On this project, she teams up with Anton Newcombe, Lionel Limiñana, and Marie Limiñana, the latter of Les Bellas and Les Limiñanas. The record is a throwback to late 60s and early 70’s psychedelic rock with touches of dream pop and shoegaze. Drenched in feedback and reverb, the album is a wonder of neo-psychedelia and Seigner’s vocal delivery is a nod to chanson and yé-yé. From opener “Une Lune Étrange” to “Last Picture Show”, the album goes from psychedelia to shoegaze to gothic rock to dream pop only to end with a garage rock stomper.

I was aware of Emanuelle Seigner ever since Roman Polanski’s 1999 film The Ninth Gate and have loved her as well in The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, Frantic, Bitter Moon and 2013’s Venus in Fur. I had no idea she was such a great singer, and on Diabolique she proves in it spades in what is hands down one of the most impressive psychedelic rock albums of 2019.

L’Épée – “Dreams” first EP available on May the 17th L’Épée, the band are Emmanuelle Seigner (Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle), Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) & Lionel & Marie Liminana (The Liminanas)

The Limiñanas
The French duo the Liminanas, a dream object that has become a reality for passionate fans of a purist rock that does not stop a pinch of second degree, continues its well-marked path. While waiting for the album to be released in January, discover “Shadow People”, a tasteful taste of their new vintage.

“Doing something new with the old”, such would be the credo of Lionel Limiñana , head of the monomaniac duo of Perpignan whose aura continues to grow. And if it was more the opposite, make old with new? Basically, what does it matter, since the result is the same, the group now proudly heading for its aesthetic line dictated by an immoderate love for the dark underground rock of the Velvet’s or the garage primitive sound of the Standells combined with the most cheerful songs of yéyé and Italian sixties pop. A fine rigor that once made happiness, in their genres, Cramps or Jesus & Mary Chain and, today, at random, Moon Duo. With the Limiñanas a Frenchy touch that makes the difference, this zest of glamor and romance distanced that reinforces their singularity.

Shadow People , is a new album to be released on January 19th, mainly recorded in Berlin in studio apartment of the fan of choice Anton Newcombe, brings some small changes in the continuity. Some variations sound, reinforced by a small skewer of guests, as  Emmanuelle Seigner, Betrand Belin or Peter Hook (definitely addicted to the duo and so back), and, novelty, a common thread – the term concept album would make them an insult: the record unfolds vaguely songs the journey of a young man (Lionel) grown in the 80s to his groups on the margins that have shaped his taste and his style forever. Suffice to say that the Limiñanas persist and sign, concocting with as much flavor, hardly retouching the recipe, this good old dish which we definitely do not get tired. For proof, in scout of the album, the clip of Shadow People, shot at home, in Cabestany, in front of the discotheque Ikea furnished with the couple, with guest encrusted star Emmanuelle Seigner.


French duo The Limiñanas are putting the finishing touches to their new album”Malamore” which will be out early 2018 but in the meantime have a new EP titled Istanbul is Sleepy, due out November 17th via Because Music. The title track is a collaboration with Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre, with whom The Limiñanas first worked on a Kinks cover for MOJO magazine. Anton takes lead vocals — “He was inspired, in particular, by The Cult during their ‘Rain’ period,” says Lionel Limiñana — which takes the otherwise very Limiñanas-y (groovy motorik psych-garage) track into new, cool territory. Newcombe’s “Rain” inspiration enters into the video, too, which premieres in this post.

The Liminanas have a few U.K tour dates coming up, including their first ever London show.