From old dogs to new pups, Arthur & Martha are a duo based dahn Sarf, a lady called Alice & a chap called Adam yank the reins, steering this beautiful debut 'Autovia' into the realms of greatness. It references some great early 80's wistful electro pop such as OMD, the Wake , early New Order and also some of the more innovative Sarah records stuff. The vocals are hazy & slightly dispassionate, beamed in from another era seemingly whilst the tune, is pure retro pop but really fresh & engaging unlike 90% of the crap filling my lugs every day. That may be something to do with Adam being a former member of austere Stereolab acolytes Saloon who had such a wonderful way with an icy pop tune. The flip triggers dreams of 'Power Corruption & Lies' era New Order, my fave phase from them, all burbling electro synths, spartan drum machine & lilting keyboard motifs. A smashing double header that should appeal to all those old Track & Field & Sarah collectors. Wicked sleeve too featuring a Haynes manual exploded diagram of a Reliant Scimitar! (GEEK!)
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