A really sweet surprise at the end of January:
Parisian colts En Attendant Ana splash welcome colour all over the end of January with their sparkling second album Juillet.It's a glorious record, all vim, verve and melody, C-86 jangle, and Margaux Bouchaudon's astonishingly optimistic vocals soaring over proceedings throughout.
The band barely barely put a foot wrong throughout the course of the album's ten track run. In many respects this is the best 'indie' record, (in the old school sense), that's come my way since the last Alvvays and Say Sue Me albums. Despite singing in English, En Attendant Ana add some distinct Gallic flair to proceedings at times, (why on earth would they not, they hail from the land of Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy and Laetitia Sadler).
A really lovely record that has both winning immediacy and the promise of staying power, July in January. En Attendant Ana, my brand new favourite band.