Awhile back, I mentioned loving Uh Huh Her's killer debut single Not A Love Song - and what a travesty it was that there was no video. Finally, they've done a clip. AND IT CONTAINS A UNICORN. How hot is that?
Is it just me or does the duo evoke Shakespears Sister in that video?
Uh Huh Her, named after a PJ Harvey record, is Leisha Hailey (of The Murmurs and The L Word) and Camila Grey (she's the lead singer). They rock. The debut album is called Common Reaction and it's a solid effort. To call it LA pop sounds vaguely demeaning, but that's the sound: guitars and synths, with high multi-tracked vocals. Not A Love Song, above, is totally slick - a driving song and a true summer radio "earworm."
Wait Another Day sounds a bit like Sugagbabes' Denial, which is a good thing, though it might be even better with the BPMs amped up on a dance mix. Explode, one my favorites, verges on electropop. It's sleek and sexy, but with a line like "So won't you pay / If you wanna go down," is it about hookers? (Great, in LA hookers are as hot as unicorns!) Say So has a beat ripped out of 1983 Cali new wave, with a vocal that reminds me of Martha Wainwright.
The ballads are less successful, but the heart of the record is its more propulsive arrangements. In the age of too many producers and "cowrites" on pop records, I appreciate how Common Reaction manages to have a cohesive sound, yet doesn't get too repetitive. There really isn't a duff track here. Sample a little, why don't you?
Uh Huh Her Explode stream
Uh Huh Her Not A Love Song stream
Uh Huh Her Say So stream