The Liverpool duo lovingly channel the 1980s, complete with drum machine, nods to Twin Peaks – and a special touring guest
With Tracey Thorn gone dance-pop and Morrissey gone wrong, where can bedsit-indie hearts go to pine these days? Safe shelter is to be found in the cardiganned embrace of Her’s, a Liverpool duo who make free with the bossa nova heartbreak of Everything But the Girl (pre-Missing era), the spry jangle of early Aztec Camera and the wistful wryness of the Smiths’ Hatful of Hollow.
Cumbria lad Stephen Fitzpatrick (on vocals and guitar), Norwegian Audun Laading (bass and backing vocals), their cardboard cutout of Pierce Brosnan (a touring member) and their drum machine (“they drink less than real drummers, and cost less,” Fitzpatrick told the Skinny) met at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where they got all their bad songs out of their system. Last year’s collection of early releases, Songs of Her’s, introduced their soft, strange world, and their Twin Peaks-referencing debut album proper, Invitation to Her’s consolidates their retro charms with pastel-toned production reminiscent of Ariel Pink, the Drums and Jens Lekman on the quizzical likes of Harvey (based on the Jimmy Stewart film about a man who befriends an invisible giant rabbit) and If You Know What’s Right, a warning against settling down too young that has some of Scritti Politti’s sly sweetness.Continue reading...
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