Patience is the new project from Roxanne Clifford, formerly of indie tunesmiths Veronica Falls. Clifford finds a different backdrop for those melodies here, exploring the world of electronic pop. Dizzy Spells is her debut album. It was made with the help of Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards and Lewis Cook of Free Love and Happy Meals. It was engineered by Misha Hering of Virginia Wing. On Night School.
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Apart from having really really red lips, Roxanne Clifford used to be in indie hopefuls Veronica Falls and has now retreated to her bedroom to mess about with electronic pop songs. The fact that the bedroom is in Los Angeles is something of a surprise because this is an album of distinctly English pop music that takes its cues from early legends of the genre such as Depeche Mode, Yazoo and New Order.
Is she playing Indietracks this year? If not she should be. These songs are glitterball indiepop anthems with that all important lyrical melancholy that sounds like pints of brown beer washed down with Pet Shop Boys records in Northern English working men's clubs. That sense of a romantic past is present throughout these yearning pieces, the early songs veer towards the discotheque, full of cheesy synths and ridiculous drum machines but the combination of Clifford's rich vocals and her knack from a killer chorus saving the record from cheesy indie disco novelty. But when she gets serious as on the Aerosol, the effect is splendid. This is gorgeous lamp lit St Etienne style melancholy and the moment that the album truly takes off.
Dizzy Spells always stays just on the right side of the divide that bands like The International Teachers of Pop are currently straddling. Analogue synths are all well and good but we've heard half a hundred of them over the years. Clifford is enjoying messing about with silly synths but more often not she attaches a winning tune to the retro bleepery.
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