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Ejecta are Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) and Joel Ford (Games). They could be going for the dollar here, for they are certainly obsessed by sticky 80s goo.
Opener ‘Mistress’ sounds like a direct cross between Elvis Presley ‘Always on My Mind’, The Killers ‘Human’ and (rather oddly) The Human League's ‘Human’ . A sugary sweet, four chord melody with synths so high-pitched all the dogs in the near neighbourhood have just begun howling. Leanne’s vocals are really frothy and creamy though, as they are throughout the record, and at times it's this that stops the album being too...erm... rinky dink.
‘Its Only Love’ uses mid-80s production techniques to produce a sweet ballad which is nice in a kind of 1986 drive-time way. ‘Beast’ and ‘Inside’ are both pretty chirpy, tinny pop ditties, one part Erasure, one part Postal Service. ‘Inside’ in particular has a lovely innocent melody to it which drops into an oddball vaguely Spanish arrangement before returning to the bontempi pop before everyone panics.
The album certainly has its moments, they have remembered to bring some songs along with them, and the vocals are particularly gorgeous. But hearing this after subjecting myself to the godawful Blood Orange album yesterday is starting to severely test my 80s-o-meter.
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