HELEN LOVE - Day-Glo Dreams (Digipak CD / Limited edition 12" vinyl + free MP3 download)
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01. We Are All The Lo-Fi Kids
02. Day-Glo Dreams
03. Shy Girl
04. My Imagination
05. Spin Those Records
06. Our Mum And Dad
08. Don't Forget About This Town
10. You And Stacy
11. Teenage Soap Opera
The single 'Atomic' already let us in on the secret: HELEN LOVE’s new album, the 6th in their career and their 2nd on Elefant Records, is proof of their almost insultingly youthful energy, this time with a special focus on synth-pop.
The almost 6 years we've had to wait to enjoy a new album has been totally worth it - it makes their personal, unmistakable style more their own, mixing punk attitude (JOEY RAMONE will always be in their hearts), bubblegum melodies, and disco-dance rhythms.
The album opens with clear intentions – that life philosophy reflected in the accelerated techno-pop of 'We Are All The Lo-Fi Kids', but soon the terrain of PHILIP OAKEY comes into play: the girls admit 'Together In Electric Dreams' was a huge influence for this album and they show it openly on the title track.
Super fun synthesisers layered over drum machines pay homage to 80s electro-pop - 'Shy Girl' could be a major hit from BANANARAMA’s, 'My Imagination' is in the spirit of THE BUGGLES and YAZOO, and 'Spin Those Records' makes another pop spectacle arranged with mid-80s rhythms that are both broken and yet so danceable. A sly wink toward MICHAEL JACKSON but ultimately a clear ancestor of THE HUMAN LEAGUE.
DOLLY MIXTURE and THE GO-GO’s are two of the names that pop into our heads the most when we listen to 'Our Mum And Dad', 'Atomic' was the 1st sign we had of the album, 'Don’t Forget About This Town' takes us back to BANANARAMA again, showing fondness for their roots.
And no, we haven’t forgotten about that imperative ingredient in any reference to the Welsh band: 'J.Pop' and its associated references to Japanese techno-pop, neon lights, phosphorescent colours and Tokyo’s nightlife. 'You And Stacy' has us moving our hips and tapping our feet with its immediacy somewhere between THE B-52’s, THE REVILLOS and KIM WILDE, 'Teenage Soap Opera' is another tribute to teenage life with echoes of TRACEY ULLMAN, PET SHOP BOYS and MEN WITHOUT HATS.
It’s impossible to resist its electricity, its marvellous melodies, its unbiased attitude, and its unforgettable choruses. We Love You!!!
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