LP, Peach Vinyl
Trouble In Mind Records (2023) US
Parisian quintet En Attendant Ana's third album Principia is without a doubt their best yet. Bandleader Margaux Bouchaudon's voice anchors many of the songs on Principia. The songs were composed from a place of confusion about the state of the world and their place in it, looking outward and inward for answers. Guitarist Max Tomasso - newly joined just before the recording of Juillet - feels more "moved-in", his guitar-work gliding effortlessly through. New member Vincent Hivert's bass-work is rubbery & flexible, urging on drummer Adrien Pollin's metronomic swing. The band’s secret weapon, multi-instrumentalist Camille Frechou's trumpet & saxophone add a new layer of sophistication to the group’s debonair indie pop.
Bouchaudon says "One of the most important points we tried to focus on was the place given to each instrument. For the first time, we withdrew parts, we were careful not to play everyone at once and I think that the result is a much lighter album in which every musician has a specific place and moment". Principia is a great step forward without sacrificing the things that make the band unique, and absolutely feel like the next great phase of an already great band.