A gentle yet catchy collection of Balearic jams.
Outside of their contribution to Antinote's Five Years Of Loving Notes, Dumont have been silent. With their latest release, the duo, AKA Artūrs Liepiņš and Anete Stuce, show they've been refining rather than overhauling their sound, burrowing deeper into the Balearic template while also creating a perfect end-of-summer soundtrack. Their songs strike a balance between being catchy and hazy. While you won't quite be able to sing along with "Sans Cesse, Mon Cheri," that helium-voiced hook will nevertheless stick in your head.
If you're a fan of classic Balearic, then you'll know Domenique Dumont aren't really reinventing the wheel. But they nail the smallest details and tease out new wrinkles for the album. Nylon-string guitar figures are almost cliché on Balearic tracks, but "Quand" plays with stop-start rhythms in a beguiling way, letting in ambient washes that slowly overtake the song. It feels more like a spa than a spa soundtrack. Amid the samba-esque beat and sensuous whispers of "Le Debut De La Fin" lie psychedelic curlicues of guitar that impart a buoyant feel.
The smaller the detail, the more amiable it sounds. "Message Of The Diving Bird" is not much more than a pleasant two-minute interlude, but the intermingling of synth flute and recordings of birds makes for a woozy slice of exotica. And when Dumont has the programmed pitter-patter of "Le Soleil Dans Le Monde" segue into the sound of footsteps along a path, it's such an evocative cocktail of sound and rhythm that you can almost feel the white sand between your toes.