She-Devils

She-Devils

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Making their full-length debut, Montreal art pop duo She-Devils incorporate layered tape loops into playfully off-kilter tunes. Behind the group's fondness for '60s French pop, surf rock, and Andy Warhol are musician/soundscaper Kyle Jukka and Audrey Ann Boucher, a visual artist who only began singing and making music after meeting Jukka when they were crashing in the same communal rehearsal space. The two hit it off and began experimenting with sound together, then played shows for several months before recording a self-titled EP. In addition to a reworked "Come" from that release, the She-Devils LP offers slightly more ambitious melodies and vocals by Boucher and continued explorations in twist- and watusi-friendly sound collage. With a groove reminiscent of the Champs, "Hey Boy" adds flourishes of glockenspiel, flute, whooshing sounds, and new wave-era synth tones behind Boucher as she waits for her hypothetical Prince Charming. Elsewhere, "Darling" is relatively straightforward and catchy, while the dreamy "Never Let Me Go" concentrates more on lush kaleidoscopic textures. It could be described as cinematic but for the fact that it sounds more inspired by TV, with layers of bubbling, snapping, and laser-like tones joining acoustic guitar and feedback in approximating the black-and-white analog transmission of a spaceship landing. "The World Laughs" has funhouse-like bursts of laughter and warbling noise effects that warp an otherwise classic pop rendering. Despite all of its sonic busyness, the vast majority of which falls in the category of charming rather than challenging, the album ultimately comes off as a little goofy, fun, and full of promise.

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