There’s nothing more endearing than a band who, despite overt hipster appearances, have absolutely no problem being self-effacing on record. Which is why we know we’re immediately on to a winner with Made In Heights‘ new album. Astute title aside – appreciate the hate, etc – the fact that the record starts with an outtake giggle from vocalist Kelsey Bulkin already makes a refreshing change from the try-hard seriousness of electronic pop these days.
That giggle is disarming though, because Without My Enemy What Would I Do reveals a Cobrastyle, er, style of delivery on an opener called Death. Bulkin and producer Sabzi may sound like they’re having bare lols in the studio, but when they get down to it they create some ridiculously fine moments on song.
Whether it’s the misleading fragility of Murakami or the softened twinkle of Panther, the LA-based duo have managed to create a record that’s not just musically on-point but actually good fun to listen to. Lured in by Bulkin’s fluttering and innocent-sounding vocals – Lunette is her most gorgeous moment – we’re soon enveloped into the world of Made in Heights: start with a giggle, end with a laugh (on the chart-ready Pop It In 2), and bride the gap with songs of quality lofty enough to justify their name.
Without My Enemy What Would I Do by Made In Heights can be ordered here.