Melancholia

by Saintes

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For her 2013 debut Anne-Sophie Le Creurer, aka Saintes, introduced us to her unique strain of synth-drenched grunge and garage-psych -- a distinctive melting pot of samples, synth-wave, and French pop. That sense of warped chanson and baroque psych boils over on her sophomore album, 'Melancholia,' with an expanded palette and scale. Keys take the central role occupied by guitar on her debut, providing a backdrop that weighs toward kosmische or library music, accentuated by the traditional lyricism of French pop. Finished during a residency at the slipstream Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, the album benefits from a smattering of new "real" instruments, ranging from an Irish whistle to new synths. Otherwise 'Melancholia' was recorded in gardens, on trains, and in bedrooms; an expansive homespun meditation on the melodies of the 60s.

"...a dreamy homage to listless girlhood." -Post-Trash

"Ça chante très souvent totalement à côté de la plaque, ça pue l’amateurisme pas fait exprès et son mélange de synth pop scintillante et d’ode aux girls band des années 60 n’a franchement pas de quoi titiller de prime abord le critique qui en a vu d’autres. Mais ça persiste et ça signe dans une fausseté presque dévote, jusqu’à donner des airs de défiance et de violence cachée à des chansons pourtant si proprettes et si bien mises en apparence." -Le Drone

"Distilling the essence of both classic and modern pop histories into an electronic aestheticism, she finds the perfect balance between the organic and the artificial, and delivers a collection of electrifying musical revelations that spark the nerves along your spine . . . a verdant psych paradise where looping melodies encircle ethereal vocals and create a shimmering synth atmosphere that lays like a blanket across your senses. These songs possess a natural grace and emotional gravity that quickly hook into your subconscious and refuse to let go." -Nooga

Mixed/Mastered by Bernard Canevet

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released May 12, 2017

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