It’s a little interesting to hear the sometimes drab and overworked prose read during reviews on NPR. The writers flog the English language like words will go extinct without their abundance usage. My 7th grade English teacher called this gobbledygook. For all of that nonsense, I do have to thank a recent NPR piece for introducing me to Ellie Jackson and Ben Langmaid of La Roux.
La Roux is everything that is good about 80’s synth pop without sounding dated. The lyrics, the vibe, and even the videos all inspired from the tech-poets of that era; Depeche Mode and Ultravox come to mind. But don’t dismiss their stylings as just novelty flashback because the biggest band that only was for a brief instance in the 80’s flash pop scene really comes through: Yaz. Or Yazoo if you prefer. Alison Moyet’s voice will never be replicated even if Vince Clarke went off with his synthesizer and formed the juggernaut Erasure. The combo of emoting female vocals with heart-torn lyrics against the austere and unforgiving technology of vibraphone Pong incapsaulates a state that still exists in this day and age. How do we feel in a world of 1’s and 0’s and how do we connect?
Beyond all that high thinking, La Roux’s debut album is just fun to listen to without being a guilt pleasure. Turn up Bulletproof for a night out. And enjoy the mess and confusion of electro-emo!
La Roux was released in June 2009 and is available on iTunes. Definitely Check it!