Off-kilter duo’s eccentric synth-pop debut.
Even before the lift from The Human League’s Don’t You Want Me that pops out of Hot Salt, it’s clear Audiobooks – art student Evangeline Ling and Gandalf-haired producer David Wrench – tread where others wouldn’t dare. Now! (in a minute) is an intriguingly untethered introduction to their many odd worlds, a record that sounds like a Bloomsbury Set bohemian fronting Suicide, or Phil Oakey conducting a séance. Ling’s unhinged bluestocking vocals lift strange images out of the volatile electronica (“she wore pebbles in her stockings”) while Friends In The Bubble Bath and Dance Your Life Away cut through the abstraction with wild art-pop abandon. Listen and learn. Listen To: Dance Your Life Away | Hot Salt | Friends In The Bubble Bath
Audiobooks’ Evangeline Ling and David Wrench: “wild art-pop abandon.”