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Gigi: it's the kind of name (like Dusty or Petula) that brings to mind pop singers of yore. And this is exactly what Gigi are going for on Maintenant: indie pop that (similar to groups like the School, the Carrots, and Saturday Looks Good to Me) harkens back to the heyday of the Brill Building sound. Gigi is essentially a concept band that grew out of a collaboration between producer/engineer Colin Stewart (who, prior to this, had worked with Black Mountain and Destroyer) and Nick Krgovich (P:ano, No Kids). The duo recruited well over a dozen of their friends (among them Rose Melberg, Mirah, and Karl Blau) and set up a series of old-school live-off-the-floor recording sessions. The resulting album succeeds in every way a project like this should: that is, it manages to fulfill a fantasy (i.e. one in which Rose Melberg is transported back to the early '60s, where she is the lead singer in a stellar girl group) without sounding hokey or gimmicky. Maintenant is, more than anything, a showcase for Krgovich's irrepressible eclecticism and his penchant for touches of camp. This sensibility feels right at home on Maintenant -- after all, if there was ever a time to get campy, it's on an album that takes its cue from the golden age of beehive hairdos and beach party movies. Krgovich and Stewart pull out all the stops, kitsch-wise, and it's a joy to hear them let loose. (Choice moments include the clippity-clop drumming and goofy bass vocals on "Some Second Best"; Rose Melberg's Bakelite-smooth vocals on "Alone on the Pier," and the rain-slicked Henry Mancini-style string section on "The Marquee.") This playfulness bumps up against the album's sentimental side beautifully, especially on "The Marquee," where the song's cutesy lyrics ("Under a blue and white beach umbrella/ Sittin' pretty, waitin' on a fella") are matched wonderfully by Katie Eastham's smoky-sweet vocals. Maintenant is, in other words, just a big old treat for fans of sweet-as-pie indie pop, not to mention a testimony to Krgovich and Stewart's collective creative prowess.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2010
Label: Tomlab
UPC: 0656605673226
catalogNumber: 56732
Rank: 91277

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gigi   Primary Artist
Colin Stewart   Group Member
Rose Melberg   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Karl Blau   Vocals
Veda Hille   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn   Vocals
Rob Kieswetter   Vocals
Chris Harris   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Larissa Loyva   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nick Krgovich   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Ukulele,Vocals,Group Member
Rob Calder   Trumpet
Katie Eastburn   Vocals
J.P. Carter   Trumpet
Darcy Hancock   Percussion
Ryan Peters   Organ,Percussion,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Barry Mirochnick   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Owen Pallett   Vocals
Mariko Molander   Violin
J. Kirk Pleasant   Trombone
Shaun Brodie   Trumpet
Ryan Beattie   Vocals
Ida Nilsen   Euphonium,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Zac Pennington   Vocals
Sydney Vermont   Vocals
Julia Chirka   Bass Clarinet
Justin Kellam   Percussion
Bryce Janssens   Organ
Brent Follett   Percussion,Glockenspiel
Shane Krause   Saxophone
Peter La Grand   Banjo
Duffy Driediger   Percussion,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joey Cook   Vocals
Marissa Johnson   Vocals
Katy Davidson   Vocals
Ben Keyes   Mandolin
Arland Mark   Bassoon
Martin Walton   Bass,Ukulele,Lap Steel Guitar
Jill Zimmerman   Trombone,Vocals
Katie Day   Cello
Patsy Klein   Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Colin Stewart   Producer,Engineer
Nick Krgovich   Composer,Lyricist,String Arrangements
Julia Chirka   Composer,Lyricist
Jarvis Taveniere   Engineer
Jacob Merritt   Engineer
Jan Lankisch   Art Direction
Christopher Doulgeris   Engineer
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs   Engineer
Jamie Tolagson   Cover Photo

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