Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Eux Autres - Sun Is Sunk

Lee Hazlewood told Nancy Sinatra to sing These Boots Were Made For Walkin' like "a 14-year-old who fucks truck drivers". Eux Autres' Heather Larimer sings with the cool detachment of a woman who's just had congress at a truck stop and found her partner disappointing.

Eux Autres' new six-track ep Sun Is Sunk sets dirty garage rock against west coast sunshine pop. The growling guitars and neon-lit lyrics of Home Tonight could be off Lou Reed's Transformer; the duet between Heather and brother Nicholas on Ring Out is a rematch of Hope Sandoval and Jim Reid on the Mary Chain's Sometimes Always.

There's a strange warmth to the outsiderness of Eux Autres' pop. No matter how stark the music, how flickering the emotions, they pull you in every time. The House Of Love used to do that, too, a long time ago.

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