New York double bill
Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair HALA is arty New Yorker Andy Butler and friends, who have gathered to produce this intriguing debut, a slice of nu-disco that s supposedly so cool some of the tunes just regard the dancefloor indifferen
Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
HALA is arty New Yorker Andy Butler and friends, who have gathered to produce this intriguing debut, a slice of nu-disco that's supposedly so cool some of the tunes just regard the dancefloor indifferently from a distance.
Well, with Antony on board (of Mercury-Prize-winning '& The Johnsons' fame), you should be primed to expect the unexpected.
Here Antony shares vocal duties, his wobbly oddness making a pleasing companion to blunted melodic beats on recent single Blind, and the effortlessly cool Raise Me Up too.
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There's '70s soul driving Hercules Theme, but HALA's journey through the emotions also stops off at morose and downbeat along the way. Interesting stuff. ***
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
- 1 Police crack down on street drinking in Stevenage
- 2 Arrest made after car crashes and overturns in Stevenage
- 3 Former Premier League footballer vows to help local club after 'awful' fire
- 4 Stevenage welcomes back shoppers as lockdown restrictions ease
- 5 Campaigner calls for council tax refund as littering continues in North Herts
- 6 CCTV appeal after large amount of criminal damage to secured yard
- 7 Raft of measures to help tackle town's litter problem
- 8 Man arrested on suspicion of harassment after Stevenage and Preston incidents
- 9 Busy first day for hospice's new children's store in Stevenage
- 10 NHS staff offered free massages as thank you for pandemic efforts
MGMT are a pair of Brooklyn-based guys clearly picked up because of the renaissance in brash, bold and pouting chart-bound disco in recent years.
At times sounding like a band high on an intoxicating double-shot of Queen's performance pop and Scissor Sisters' dancefloor nous, their bizarrely-titled debut kicks about the place with a wide-eyed, playful sonic feel.
There's plenty of mid-tempo disco campness here, which even sticks around as the set slides into a Bowie-influenced, psychedelic guitar-led second half.
Bubbling, bleeping keys make several appearances, but nothing is quite as unashamedly, joyfully alt-pop as lead single Time To Pretend. A pleasing scattershot of styles, beats and feels. ***