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#musicmoday: La Roux – “In For The Kill”

Dave Hitchings is English born, Hartford located music and tech blogger and web developer. You can follow him on Twitter at @davehitchings.

The What:

Is it bad to have found your album of the year by April? Well I may have, and La Roux’s self-titled debut album looks to be it. This week’s #musicmonday comes off of that album, which has only just begun receiving radio play in the United States. While thier first single, “Bulletproof,” is a strong contender for the best song on the album, it is joined by steep competition by entire front half of the album. “In For the Kill,” “Quicksand,” and “Tiger Lily,” are all incredibly good songs and well produced songs. Despite this seemingly high production quality of the music on the album, La Roux’s Ellie said in an interview with the NY Post that “the whole thing about this album is that was just me and Ben making it…we made it in a living room with no sound padding, an old mixing desk from like 1991 …and a crappy old microphone, and I love that.”

The Who:

La Roux is made up of singer Eleanor (Ellie) Jackson and producer/synthesizer player Ben Langmaid, although they are often mistakenly seen as a solo act. Known Ellie’s wild red hair as well as her distinctive voice and harmonies; both match the eccentricity of their music. Originating in London, their music has been on the airwaves in Europe for almost a year now. In 2009 they toured with Lily Allen on her U.K. tour and earlier this year they was nomintated for two BRIT Awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Single for, “In for the Kill.”

The Why:

While the whole album is reminiscent of 80′s synth-pop, “In For The Kill” really defines La Roux in that genre. Like something out of the Human League, “Don’t You Want Me,” the song cracks to life, diving right into the melody. La Roux is something unique from anything else out currently. There are so many good parts to these songs, “In For The Kill” particularly. Little touches of synth that combine to form the entirety of the melody laid beneath Ellie’s soft yet reverberant voice. The lyrics are fairly solid for the most part; “They say we can love who we trust, but what is love without lust? Two hearts with accurate devotions, and what are feelings without emotions?” The melodies of the lyrics slide into their songs with incredible ease, trying the music together into something that is easy to listen to over and over again.

The Song:

Dave Hitchings Wherever I go music goes with me, and I’ve gone far. From England to America, and a quick stop in Australia, the places I’ve lived have inspired and changed me. Each one has left their individual musical imprint. The vast difference between these musical cultures leaves me open-minded and willing.
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