Friday, 4 February 2011
Recommended Music: 'Blue Songs' by Hercules & Love Affair
With no Antony Hegarty on board this time, vocals are shared between Kim Ann Foxman, Shaun Wright, Aerea Negrot and guest Kele Okereke (on 'Step Up'). There's room for more than just straight to the floor dance here though - 'Boy Blue' features acoustic guitars and trumpets over a gently throbbing bass backing, while 'Blue Songs', sung by Butler himself', is a gently melodic song with a deep bass line and what may well be a clarinet.
After those 2 tracks the album picks up the pace again. 'Falling' reminds me of Byron Stingly, and 'Step Up' is probably everything Okereke wanted his solo album to be but wasn't.
The album ends with its most surprising moment - a fragile and beautiful version of Sterling Void's classic 'It's Alright' (you might remember the Pet Shop Boys cover if you don't know the original). As the album closer, it's a perfect, gentle comedown after the night at the club that's preceeded it.
The album is out now on Moshi Moshi Records. If you want to hear some of Andy Butler's influences, he's done a great mix for Fact Magazine that you can listen to below.
FACT mix 218 - Hercules & Love Affair (Jan '11) by factmag