Free Love are Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook who used to ply their trade as Happy Meals. They have previously released on their native Scottish labels Night School and Optimo. Luxury Hits is seen as a progression of their sound - blending balearic, synth-pop, psychedelia, italo and acid. Tours with The Flaming Lips and Liars back-up the notion that they don’t like to be confined to one style or genre. 8 track 12” EP on Full Ashram.
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8-track 12" EP on Full Ashram (Happy Meals folk).
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In the age of the Digital Audio Workstation it should perhaps be refreshing to come across a band who bill themselves as being ONE HUNDRED PERCENT HARDWARE. But it’s not. In the past two years I’ve felt wholly overwhelmed by the number of artists who seem more concerned with their machines than their music. And because of this, that music tends to be wholly disinterested in fun.
Enter Free Love, who you might know by their previous moniker, Happy Meals. The Glasgow duo have been as busy fiddling with synthesizers as their more po-faced peers, but they’ve clearly been having loads of fun doing so. And more important than that, they want us to join in. I’m not sure why they changed their name (though I certain litigious pair of curves springs to mind) but their new one, Free Love, aligns with their music that is accessible, warm and welcoming.
They play funky synth-pop with a decidedly psychedelic bent. Their greatest asset is without a doubt Suzanne Rodden’s singing. In French and English she has a wonderful ear for melody, every song is catchy as hell without veering into the schmalzy. Underneath she’s always joined by an array gloriously silly synth sounds arranged in such a way that you’ll find yourself floating over to the dance-floor. The highlight is ‘Playing as Punks’ whose bittersweet chorus is a back and forth between Rodden and Lewis Cook in which they come to terms with getting old. They clearly have done, and they're planning on enjoying the journey all they can.
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