A band tipped for huge things in 2016, Her follow the release of viral hit ‘Five Minutes’ with a full length mixtape to begin what is sure to be a stellar year for the operation. Beginning with a fractured American/French commentator intro we open into preceding single ‘Quite Like’ with a Glass Animals groove and Prince-like vocal delivery upon its chorus. This has effortless groove and a playful lyricism as he coos over the object of his infatuations with effortless sexuality.
An interlude that teeters between German and French seems fairly complexing however it has a tingling piano solo which breaks the dramatics of productions found on ‘Her’ and ‘Union’. The track that takes its namesake from the band is achingly cool with 70s style guitar riffs and shivering percussion pinning the whole thing together as the vocal rises and falls in rhythmic bridges inspired by sparkling soul.
Further ambience is evident on ‘Union’ as the drum tones continue linking every track on this short EP. A luxurious layering of vocals evokes reminiscence of early Lionel Richie with enticing and inviting manner and characterful vocal. Amassing half a million plays on Spotify, it is clear ‘Five Minutes’ is the breakout hit of this EP and with good reason, its piercing synth and bold vocal chorus is instantly recognisable and forces the most despondent listener to pay attention.
With a clear succinctness to their instrumentalism and a strong ability to translate relatable topics within their lyrical style this band has untapped potential. They set the blogosphere alight at the end of last year and have begun this one in triumphant fashion.