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Singer/pianist Casey Dienel's group White Hinterland turns back the clock and convincingly gives French pop its due.
A new EP from Casey and company, called Luniculaire, is scheduled for release this October. It will feature five songs, two of which are originals and three covers. Here's the catch: It's all in French. The covers, it may interest some to know, will be songs originally recorded by such beaux esprits as Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Fontaine, and Francoise Hardy. The first song released from the forthcoming EP, Chant de Grillon, bears evident similarities, rather appropriately, to the work of these internationally acclaimed singers, though it's a good deal more psychedelic than yé-yé. Mais ça ne fait rien. C'est bien.