Back in 1997, only two people seemed interested in an 80s revival. One was future Madonna producer Stuart Price, gamely trying to persuade people to trade Britpop casual for Miami-Vice style rolled-up jacket sleeves. The other was the perennially underrated DJ Downfall, whose first single was dedicated to Weird Science star Kelly LeBrock.
Now he has broadened his palette and enlisted vocalists to create exquisitely melancholic bedsit synth-pop. Stronger on the Breaks is a woman's heartsick address to a gay friend ("Yeah, I wish you were straight"), while The Hours mourns "the hours that I put in to be the other girl". There is dancefloor propulsion, too, on the Bangles-meet-Goldfrapp Seven Dials and the gorgeous retro techno title track. Acknowledging kinship with Stephin Merritt's Future Bible Heroes project, the last track is a cover of Merritt's All Dressed Up in Dreams: the perfect end to an immaculate album.
Another great album - dean wareham, joanna gruesome, lonely tourist, dorotea, the chills, manhattan love suicides & spearmint are all highlights but the whole lot is pretty darn great really martin kiosk
The name of this album perfectly encapsulates everything I love about Elizabeth's musical output from the Darlings to Allo Darlin' to these precious songs: an unyielding optimism that is never naive, and by being so, becomes wildly contagious. Some music tells you that "everything will be ok", but her music actually makes you believe it, even when the lyrics hint at doubt. Michael Feck