Described as ‘Glasgow’s premier secret party band’, Babe have released a new record after a two year absence entitled Kiss & Tell. It’s not very common that a relatively indie band can combine dance and disco music with indie pop and it turn out okay but Babe blend their sound to also include dream pop and house and techno for a true eclectic combination.
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Babe are "Glasgow's Premier Secret Party Band" screams the press release. Well if I booked a party and they started to play 'Ayo' the sad and bleak opener here I'd be weeping in the corner wanting my money back. It's a kind of slow-mo jam with some serious Wild Beasts falsetto and the general sense that all is not well. Instead of being out and out party lads, Babe write sleek and sophisticated electronic pop that has something of the mid 80's melancholy of Prefab Sprout in the grooves but slathers it all with the sort of shrieking falsetto that you'll either fall in love with or leave the building clutching your bleeding ears. There's a lot of slick Euro-pop here some of which hits the mark. 'Perpetuum Mobile' is particularly lush, it's squelchy synths and dreamy vocals hitting the sweet spot between China Crisis and Alt J. I'm also enjoying 'Evve Poque' with it's ridiculous Russell Mael-ish vocal couplets but after you've smirked awhile it does break out into a nice piece of slick wine bar pop..
It's a bit cheesy, a bit ...um.. rinky dink for my tastes but I found moments to enjoy. A word of warning though...and I don't want to put these lads out of a job but don't book them for a party. Probably best to listen to them alone after everyone has gone.
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