If you thought 2018’s Lost and Found was a brilliant pop record, you better get prepared to be blown away by En Attendant Ana‘s follow-up, Juillet. Their opening single alone packs this incredible punch, moving through the various stages of intoxicating pop. You get thirty seconds of this dreamy performance and soaring vocals; the vocals stick around, but the band build in this furious rhythmic pulse accented by little angular guitar plus and machine gun drum rolls. But, the band wouldn’t have landed on such a special label like Trouble in Mind if they weren’t willing to push boundaries and expectations; they spend a good part of the song’s latter half flirting with discord and experimentation, only to bring back the vocals to complete the full pop circle as the song draws to a close. Could your favorite song of the year just now be popping up? Yeah, yeah it could. Juillet will be out on January 24th via TiM.
Sure, it’s just the beginning of April, but I’m going out on a limb and reserving a spot for this new En Attendant Ana LP in my personal Top 20 of 2018. The album is ten tracks of non-stop insatiable pop, with more enough grit to put them just outside the indiepop arena. Here, you can here the guitar work pushing fast, while the vocals cast another sonic image, giving off something slightly prettier. It’s slight, but just the faintest hint of contrast throughout this song, and the Lost and Found LP, keeps your interested time and time again. If, like me, you can’t wait for this album, it will be available on CD/Digi on Friday, but drops on vinyl in June…all via Trouble In Mind.
This delighting tune from En Attendant Ana just goes to show you that you can’t pigeonhole labels any more than you can pigeonhole bands. Sure, I already adore Trouble In Mind Records but by adding this French quintet, it’s basically seems like I should just donate all my spare money to the label…it’s going there anyways. The notes here hint at jangling pop, but the band swing in with these charming vocals, almost like early Camera Obscura. There’s a natural energy that indiepop fans will adore, and I’m stuck on the flourishes, like light horn touches as guitars anxiously ring out, or perhaps just the constant forward movement of the tune pushing ahead. Another example of fine pop picked up by TiM; look for Lost and Found on April 6th (June for LP).