FARAO

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums - HAN­NAH J DAVIES

Dark and sen­sual sec­ond from ex­per­i­men­tal Nor­we­gian.

Three years on from Till It’s All For­got­ten, a de­but that veered from First Aid Kit-like fragility to trip-hop­type flour­ishes, and Kari Jahnsen’s sec­ond out­ing as Farao is a darker yet more dance­able propo­si­tion. On opener Marry Me, she in­sists that “ev­ery pas­sion will have a spec­ta­tor” over syn­co­pated elec­tro beats that feel equally ex­posed, while Lus­ter Of The Eyes of­fers a sump­tu­ous, un­set­tling mix of bumpy per­cus­sion and dis­cor­dant melodies. Clus­ter Of Delights, mean­while, al­ter­nates zither strings and Soviet-made synths to lush ef­fect. What it lacks in ear­worms – with even the catchi­est re­frains served with a side of in­tro­spec­tion – it makes up for in its in­tox­i­cat­ing por­trait of de­sire.

Lis­ten To: Marry Me | Truth­sayer | Lus­ter Of The Eyes

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