May 15, 2023

Pamplemousee are a self-described experimental, noise rock duo from Pau, France. Think of It lives up to their description, but it’s also so much more than that. The album is definitely experimental noise rock but there’s a layer of just really, really good rock’n’roll that makes this album an absolute hit. I’m in awe of the fact that Pamplemousse are a duo (Sarah Lenormand on drums and background vocals and Nicolas Magi on guitar and lead vocals) because each track sounds like they have an entire orchestra behind them at times. Think of It is a really fun and interesting album from an area of the world I would have otherwise overlooked. A standout track is the “La Ballade De Steve” which opens with a somber drum beat that is slowly joined by a languid guitar. Magi’s vocals on this track are haunting and echoing; while he has screamed and sung beautifully throughout the entire record, the vocals really shine and close the album on a thoughtful note that listeners just need to sit with for a while. –Caitlin Santavenere (A Tant Rêver Du Roi,

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