Sleek synth-pop from French duo Zooey, making their debut with The Drifters. The album is a cool thing, sometimes giving off 60’s loungey vibes and sometimes indulging in library music textures. The Drifters also includes a reworking of a Bill Callahan number (‘The Country Song’ / ‘Let’s Move To The Country’), which is always a good thing in my book. Out on Wonderfulsound.
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You know what? I'm quite enjoying this.
Zooey are a couple of Londoners making summer-friendly electronic pop where you can feel the ocean breeze coming through the speakers. They make a sound something like Metronomy if they weren't quite so arch. Zooey are just happy to be here and singing their nice songs at you. 'Time To Get Alone' (not the Beach Boys classic as I'd hoped) is a lovely smooth piece of electronic pop with a snagging chorus that will be impossible to remove from your cranium once it's stuck there.
Both of them have really breathy voices making this possibly the breathiest album of all time. But they are having fun breathing and this comes across in their charming and playful songs. There's also a surprising cover of Smog's 'Let's Move to the Country' surprising mainly as they've given it a different title ('Country Song'). It's an interesting diversion but their breezy indie-pop is warming me more especially over the first few tracks but there are some sweet moments later on including the Beach House-ish 'Long Gone'.
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