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First thing's first, there's an excellent pair of tits on the front of this record (with a very pretty girl attached). Really top notch boobs. Given that I can barely find any information about this band I have no idea if they belong to anybody involved in the recording or if they were chosen solely for their aesthetic value. That aside, though, how about the record? Well, it's a collection of woozy nocturnal synthpop tracks that kind of make me think of how Dirty Beaches would sound if he made synthpop, if that makes sense? It has a persistence about it that reminds me of shoegaze but it's not a shoegaze record either. Pretty hard to pigeonhole this one, I think. The vocals are split about 50/50 between this boy/girl duo and the pace is always slow-to-mid, and it's never unpleasant or jarring to listen to. My one gripe is that while it avoids falling into the trap of appropriating other bands' character, I'm not totally charmed by this. They haven't filled that personality void with enough of their own idiosyncrasies to grasp onto and so this sort of feels a bit anonymous and forgettable in places. Oh, there's a cover of 'He Hit Me and It Felt Like A Kiss' by Hole here that's not listed on the sleeve, too! There's one with more distortion than the other songs towards the end of the album that's my favourite of the bunch. It sounds like it was made by people I'd like to be friends with and it's very hard to avoid more Dirty Beaches comparisons. At its best this album offers an intoxicating mix of lo-fi muck and cinematic synthpop with interesting textures, but a few more memorable tunes wouldn't go amiss. You shouldn't have to rely on Courtney Love for those.
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