Once anonymous duo 18+ return to Houndstooth for their sophomore album following 2014’s Trust. Recording and collaborating split between Berlin and Honolulu Justin Swinburne and Samia Mirza pour this separation into their work together. Sonically sounding like The Streets with a contemporary trap twist.
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These are naughty people. They sing about the cardinal sins of the flesh, something that as middle aged record store guys we have very minimal experience of. One is a man and one is a woman and they seem to sing to each other as if they’ve abstained from sex in many months and have been thrust together in the back of a Ford Capri but people keep walking past before they can ‘do’ anything.
So as sour nothings are whispered to each other, a lollopy ‘trap’ type music is used as a kind of bed rock. It’s minimal - kind of as if Jamie XX had some kind of soul and concentrated on the dark side of life rather than teenage good time. They sound like Tricky and Marina Topley Bird and what is impressive is that nothing happens. The man sounds like an even morse relaxed version of Metronomy curly hair Joe Mount. The woman sounds quite sweet. They put in daft sounds they’ve found on their Casio like a tiger growling or an audience applause. I almost collapse when they hit the ‘poppy’ button on ‘Drama’ which could be one of Kanye West’s weirder efforts but am re-wired by the de-lish Coldplay piano that underpins ‘Space’ which describes a dysfunctional relationship as viewed from each skewed perspective, one at work one at home. . Contains the classy line “dinner time and yo’ on my mind’.
Hmmm dinner time. That’s my kind of sexy. Like many couples they don’t half go on but it’s enjoyable listen as like any good soap opera you kind of get embroiled. Hope they make it.
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