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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 February 2014
Missed by us last week because we are….well you won’t believe this but….. human.
This album is the second from this Los Angeles duo. Ah Los Angeles how I ache for you so amongst this rain. They seem to be mining a field which is reflecting upon the mid 80’s fairlight sooth-pop of the likes of Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel, yet there is something of the mid 90’s trip hoppers electronic duo’s in their vaguely r&b beats. Opener ‘Politics’ slowly builds using 80-’s synths to build up atmospheres whilst the vocals are very nuanced, one part Goldfrapp, one part Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) one part Bat For Lashes. In fact the breathy delivery and mid 80’s vibes are reminding me a lot of Bat For Lashes last couple of records.
‘Reproduction’ is slower and creeps along. Still its unbelievably 80’s, I’m reminded of soul sirens like Anita Baker when they created aching ballads. There are a lot of slow jams which pass by without incident therefore something like ‘Chrome’, an eerie track with oddly tuned vocals and a flanging synth which recalls the opening bars of Paul Simon’s ‘Boy in the Bubble’ raises interest levels a little. Closer’ New Reptiles’ is nicely disorientating, sounding like some lost ‘Hounds of Love’ outtake as messed with by Portishead.
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