Boomkat Product Review:
One of the most memorable, bittersweet and beautiful pop albums of the Crépuscule era, or quite frankly any other for that matter...honestly one of the most evocative, documents of early 80's pop you'll likely ever hear...
It's safe to say that Antena were a victim of being ahead of their time, in the early 80s, the French band made up of Isabelle Powaga, Pascale Moiroud and Sylvain Fasy signed to the legendary Crépuscule label in Belgium. Described by Neil Tennant when he wrote for Smash Hits as 'electro-samba', it's not quite a New Wave record, there's a little more to it than that - it has a latin influence, and a heavy dose of deja-entendu. So on one hand we have Kraftwerk and John Foxx (who incidentally produced their 'Boy from Ipanema' single) and on the other we have Jobim and Gilberto... a peculiar mix of sounds and one which did not find the band much of an audience at the time.
In fact they hardly sold anything, and were another factor in the demise of Crépuscule, but listening now it's obvious that they were just a victim of timing. Antena blended a loungy Gallic charm with the most involving of synthesized production, making an album that would go on to define and influence so much music we love.