Originally conceived in 2011 as a duo comprised of Donna Fran (vocals) and Joe Velour (guitars), Hello Phones released their first album Get It Together in March 2012.
Back in August we thought that their brand of dirty slow-paced nihilism reminded us of Gary Numan … albeit sung by a sweet, dirty angel-punk. The voice of Donna Fran was as fresh as moonlight by a lonely lake.
New bandmates Orlando Arce (bass) and Dimi (drums) soon joined the duo, rounding out the quartet and bringing the bands current sound to fruition.
Their upcoming release “Candy Love!” was mixed by Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Benedetto Nino Caccavale. Caccavale’s professional credits include Busta Rhymes, Imani Coppola, Ashanti, Justin Timberlake, and many others.
We checked it out. Here’s what we thought:
‘Candy Love’ has an infernal gnat-cloud of a beat … swarming and ghosting like a pluming froth of phantom midges spiralling upwards in the fluids.
Couple this with the winding spectre of a cold luminous voice – and you have a Ghost Dance like no other.
The faded imagery reminded us of discarded scrap-books and other long lost attachments. The sounds tend to agitate as gently as webspinner silks on papery lobes. Sit back and let this wash over you. And feel cleansed.
– © Neil_Mach November 2013 –