Jim Carroll

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Tune of the Week – “Blind”

Some records come out of nowhere and hit round you round the ears. I have a feeling the forthcoming album from Hercules & Love Affair is going to go do that to a lot of people. Here’s the DNA. Hercules …

Thu, Jan 17, 2008, 10:21

   

Some records come out of nowhere and hit round you round the ears. I have a feeling the forthcoming album from Hercules & Love Affair is going to go do that to a lot of people.

Here’s the DNA. Hercules & Love Affair is one fella called Andrew Butler. He has a bunch of accomplices, but he’s the main name in the frame. Born in Denver and musically reared in the city’s gay clubs, Butler decamped to New York to study music, write soundtracks for modern dance pieces, work in restaurants, collect records and, finally, make lush, orchestral disco music likes this.

“Blind” features Antony Hegarty crooning like a diva over the most gloriously disco-pop sounds you’ve heard since Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet hooked up in Basildon. But of course that synth-pop template has been updated and you’ll hear stirrings of Chicago and Detroit at their most emotive in Butler’s groove. Most of all, there’s plenty of melancholy in the mix too, because disco was always as about the heartbreak as the hedonism.

The album, co-produced by Butler and Tim Goldsworthy, will be released in March on DFA and you can check out “Blind” here.

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