Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums - VIC­TO­RIA SE­GAL

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.”

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