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It’s been two years since PopLib came across hyper-active Gallic garage-pop ensemble Juniore in the form of their inscrutable “Ah Bah D’Accord” single. Failure to pay attention in the intervening two years mean it’s only now their 2020 album “UN DEUX TROIS” has appeared on the PopLib radar. Here’s “Grave” from the album:

“Grave” (as in “serious”) gives a good sense of Juniore’s intoxicating combination of dark brooding French yé-yé styled 60s garage/ surf pop with a coolly dismissive vocals and a Gainsbourg-inspired palette of vibrant musical arrangements and general Gallic grooviness. The album packs in a lot of stylistic shifts and combinations of familiar 60s pop styles with more adventurous and unconventional ideas.

Juniore are guitarist/ vocalist Anna Jean, drummer Swanny Elzingre and bassist/ etc. Samy Osta. “UN DEUX TROIS” is available on LP and with postal rates from the EU to the rest of the world still very reasonable, buying the LP won’t break the bank.

Na Noise return with a 7″ single featuring two blistering new tunes warping old-style 1960’s beat-group-pop through their distinctive stylistic blender and time-machine into the 21st century. Here’s “Open the Door”:

Na Noise colloborators Yolanda Fagan and Hariet Ellis have also worked together on BOZO, Vincent H.L, Echo Ohs and Thee Crockettes, so their synchronous combination here of guitars and twinned vocals and exclamatory yelps is as natural as it is compulsive.

“Open The Door” and “Dance With Me” both continue the Na Noise tradition of being musically and stylistically all over the place and totally great. Both songs on this single are timeless fuzzy ye-ye beat-pop garage-rock goodness, with deep wells of surf-guitar reverb, and quivering Electric Prunes toned lead guitar solos, blasting over irresistible hypnotic dance grooves.

They say: “have a rascally take on traditional song — with their new-old songs, the band introduce a new-old sound. Joined by multi-instrumentalist Christopher Varnham who provides organ, drums and various other percussive elements, the three have cultivated a dark sound that is more carnivalesque than it is psychedelic.”

So good I ordered two of the 7″ singles. One to play until it wears out, and the other a back-up spare.