Saturday, April 7, 2012

Virginia Plain

"Electric Eyes" b/w "Swamp Thing"

All Hands Electric [2012]

Co-founder of Brooklyn avant indie label All Hands Electric, and seminal kitty cat record album cover graphic designer, Alfra Martini is now known musically as your favorite Roxy Music track, "Virginia Plain". With the help of her backing band, comprised of Fono Luxe's Justin Miller and Christian Reinhardsen, Virginia Plain's debut comes off as a Roland 808-driven neo-gloom disco single with goth pop glam vocals. Both songs are exciting and reasonably danceable, reminding me of the regional cocaine-fueled indie dance groups of 2003 or 2004, but with a modern and relevant edge. The production on this record is impressive, as is the song writing and instrumentation, leaving both tracks to take infinite turns side up as my favorite.

-Jeff Ogiba

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