When dreams come true - part 435. Darren Hayman was watching Emma Kupa's band Standard Fare one night and thought to himself "I'd like to be in a band with her". So he made it happen at here it is. The two songwriters shared ideas, wrote songs together then asked a couple of musician pals to help flesh out the sound. Hey presto a new collaboration that plays to the songwriters strengths. Lovely.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 19 July 2017
This is a record for those who don't like singing. Prolific songster Darren Hayman is known for having a voice that only his mother (and his thousands of fans across the globe) could love. Here, he's joined by Emma Kupa who was in Mammoth Penguin and presumably sang quite happily without anyone suggesting that this wasn't the best of ideas.
Together they make the kind of ramshackle indie-pop which features only the type of notes and chords you have heard before. Therefore the album has a warm familiarity as the two of them share lyrical couplets - sometimes at each other like a more careworn indie version of Prolapse. In other words it's domesticity put to music. One will start the singing - then the other will then follow up with the next line kind of like an anorak version of Sonny & Cher. At other times they sing together but this is no Low - when these two sing together it's more gum and nuts than cheese and tomato.
Despite the sometimes worrying quality of his music I do like Darren Hayman so I don't mean to be too harsh on this endeavour. It's the sort of thing that will go down well in the mid afternoon slot at Indietracks as indie mums and dads look on and the nipper cavorts about in the grass in its toddler sized The Wave Pictures t-shirt, the music harming absolutely no-one but my ears.
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