LTM Records chic and boutique catalogue exists like some raincoat-clad European republic that’s forever 1981. This twenty-track collection sashays through the Belgian-based Les Disques du Crepescule’s roster of chanteuses, many of whom set the template for today’s nouvelle vague even as they referenced the first. Antenna’s opening cover of ‘The Boy From Ipanema’ sets the tone for an arch, artsier flip-side to Euro-pop that takes in the nouveau noir of Virna Lindt, the ice-cool electro-funk of Zwischenfall and the latina jazz-feminism of Ludus, through to post-postcard outfit The French Impressionists, ex Young Marble Giants vocalist Alison Statton, Cecile Bruynoghe’s take on Eric Satie and thirteen other vignettes. Swoonsomely gamine.
The List, July 2010