“Pretty Girls” is the single from Née’s forthcoming EP – and a new direction from Dennis’ last EP, The Hands of Thieves. Perhaps it’s the Robyn influence. Perhaps its the involvement of Dennis’ band, which includes drummer Mic Boshans, multi-instrumentalist David Beeman, and synther Lex Herbert. Whereas Hands was dominated by Dennis’ higher vocal register and straightforward organ/synth riffs punctuated by electronic drum pad kicks, “Pretty Girls” is a faster, more bass-driven, multi-layered track. You’ve still got Née’s signature vox – a rare gem nuanced by both a haunting melancholy and an undeniable stimulus to your dance reflexes.
“Unlike the last EP, we’re doing everything on analogue, vintage gear,” says Dennis in a note to Eleven. “Although by definition synthesizers are inorganic, the way the sounds are coming through into the new songs feels much warmer and, well, organic than the last EP. There’s that ever-present hint of white noise, electricity, and the accumulated particulates of age that provide a backdrop for the melodies.”
We at Eleven are feeling the electricity. You can, too, here:
Track: “Pretty Girls,” by Née
Recorded: at Native Sound by David Beeman and Kristin Dennis
Mixed: at Native Sound by David Beeman and Kit Hamon
Available: In CD form with screen printed artwork (Dennis at Native Prints) and a BONUS remix by Adult Fur ($2) will at the Mud House, Apop, Foam, and The Royale, among other local spots. Streaming and downloadable ($1) from neemusic.bandcamp.com.
Favorite line: “The heat of blood created chemistries to bond the two of us.” Yum. Science. Made sexy. OR: “You know I probably broke a hundred hearts by now.” True words.