French singer-songwriter Pauline de Lassus, aka Mina Tindle is, as my friend Laurence described her, ”French pop music at its best”.  She spent some time in Brooklyn, NY and supplied some vocals for The National’s classic Boxer.   She’s now back in France, and last week she released Parades, a great album with songs performed in English as well as French.  Parades was produced by Oliver Marguerit, mixed by Craig Silvey and Yann Arnaud, with an assist from Bryce Dessner who also performed on the record.

Parades starts out beautifully, with “Je sais”, a beautiful track with lush harmonies and crisp guitar.  The second track, “Pas les Saisons” is an electric, danceable pop track, which is unbelievably catchy.  The first English track is “Seaside” which is a great, upbeat track, featuring some fantastic drum work. “Taranta” slows things down, with mostly Mina Tindle singing over just guitar and piano in a beautiful French language ballad until its building end. “I Command” is another great pop track with some electronics and stand-out drumming. “The Curse” is as well, and it’s got a slick groove to it. The penultimate track on Parades, “Dehors” is another slow build that’s mostly just vocals and piano before it erupts into an absolutely epic track.  Mina Tindle ends Parades with the absolutely stunning “L’Astrakan”, which is her voice over some guitar and strings, and is a beautiful ending to what is a phenomenal record.

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