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Miou Miou

La La Grande Finale

(Minty Fresh; US: 25 Mar 2008; UK: Unavailable; Japan release date: 25 Aug 2007)

Miou Miou (that’s French for “Pussycat”) are true Bohemians, hailing from the so-named region of the Czech Republic. Their sound, though, is thoroughly Western/Northern European. Karolina Dytrtova sings French lyrics in a high-pitched, girlish coo, and her delicate voice is surrounded by layers of gauzy guitars, strings, and vintage keyboards. If this makes you think of Stereolab, you’re more than halfway there. La La Grande Finale also invokes Acid House Kings, early Cardigans, and female-fronted shoegazers like Lush. At 13 tracks, the album tends to float away before it’s over, but thick basslines and clever arrangements make the best tracks a cut or two above mere atmosphere. In particular, more “rocky”, uptempo numbers like “A Lete De La Saint-Martin 68” and “Le Coup De Ciseaux”  will keep sophisticated toes tapping.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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