Minimalist disco and sultry synths are the order of the day on Glasgow-dwelling duo Happy Meals's debut album. Boyfriend / girlfriend Lewis Cook and Suzanne Rodden have been making sweet music together since high school. Cook is also a member of Scotland's premier Hawkwind tribute band, trivia fans! On vinyl or CD. Do you want fries with that?
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Happy Meals are a musical and romantic partnership from Glasgow who have casually stuck out this really enjoyable mini album on the consistently fine Night School. Not Night People. I often get the two muddled together.
'Apero' begins with a blissed slice of analogue dream-pop and disco that straddles the posts between the dubby star gazing of Peaking Lights, the cosmic disco caress of the Italians Do It Better roster and the sweetest downtempo Balearic tune you never heard. As an opening ploy, 'Crystal Salutation' more than lives up to its name. 'Electronic Disco' has a more detached and melancholy feel, Suzanne Rodden's lush Scots purr lounging elegantly over the woozy, inebriated synthlines and sparse playful electro funk rhythms. A different aquatic bedroom vibe that again kinda recalls PL but at the odder end of their sonic spectrum.
'Altered Images' is the floor-filling gem here, the first thing I heard from them and I can see mountains of folk digging this with its bouncy sassy French language lyric and pure Euro disco strut. Some gorgeous nebulous effects subtly dropped in at intervals to enhance this pulsating dream bubble of a tune. This track screams "Love Me!!!"
After the murky Sun Araw-tinged warp-out of 'The Age of Love' (certainly not a floor filler...) comes the cold sparse bunker electro of 'Visions of Utopia'. Real dystopian pop that is as much in the vein of early Human League as Young Marble Giants. Strangely compulsive tune for all its shivery awkwardness. You do suddenly think "Awww, shame, I'd really like another amazing French dialect disco tune with a snatch of DMX Krew-style bubbling acid funk" Then you get 'Le Voyage' and all is fine with the world. A really good record, if not a great one, worth it for 'Altered Images' alone. But four tracks out of six here are quite essential. I truly look forward to more from Lewis Cook and his lass....
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