There aren’t many records that call to mind The Slits, CocoRosie, Portishead, Donkey Monkey, Micachu and the Shapes, and The Thing featuring Neneh Cherry. The second album by Phall Fatale shouldn’t really work: to be post-punk in spirit whilst displaying such obvious virtuosity seems a contradiction. But Moonlit Bang Bang is extraordinary precisely because of this unusual collision of technique and tearing it up. As distorted and abrasive at certain moments as it is fragile and subtle at others, the record succeeds in channeling avant- garde improvisation into catchy, compact song form.
The new single ‘The Girl The Beat’ is available now and the album Moonlit Bang Bang is released worldwide today (15 January).