French duo The Limiñanas The will release their Istanbul Is Sleepy EP on November 17 on Because Music. Istanbul Is Sleepy features title track “Istanbul Is Sleepy” – in collaboration with Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) – as well as new single “Shadow People.” The band premiered the entrancing, Sixties-inspired video for the EP’s title track – featuring collaborator Anton Newcombe and directed by Jean Luc Mol.
Reflecting on the single and their collaboration with Newcombe, the duo explained, “‘Istanbul Is Sleepy’ is like the classic dream where you become the hero, the Captain Blood or Midnight Sultan. The one who rescues and seduces Maureen O’Hara or Ava Gardner. Anton is singing and playing guitar on the track. He was inspired, in particular, by The Cult during their ‘Rain’ period. Last year, Mojo magazine asked us to record a cover for a special Kinks tribute. We chose ‘Two Sisters’. Marie and I were thinking for the vocal part it would be great to approach Anton Newcombe, having opened for The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Le Trianon in Paris. The work began like that. We had an album to record and we decided to finish it with him. During the Christmas week we took our demos, flew to Berlin and recorded at Anton’s studio. Six days later we had a finished album.”
Antone Newcombe added, “I really enjoyed work from scratch with The Limiñanas to create this song. From the composition phase to the way of singing on the track, I had the idea of singing like David Bowie, singing like Iggy Pop who try to sing like David Bowie… It was really exciting to take part of all the creative process of this record.”