11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Named after a PJ Harvey album and featuring Leisha Hailey (who was cast as Alice Pieszecki on Showtime’s The L Word) and Camilla Grey (who performed with the notable Mellowdrone), Uh Huh Her is a refreshing synth duo with a true gift for writing catchy tunes that bounce around the dance floor. The sonic sheen of the opener, “Marstorm,” creates genuine enthusiasm that’s hard to ignore, but it’s the vocals’ genuine warmth that makes the song stick. It’s like that throughout Nocturnes, which isn’t nearly as dark and foreboding as its title suggests; these are relatively bright and perky tracks. “Another Case,” “Disdain,” and “Same High” pulse with that modern-yet-‘80s groove that permeates pop fashion in 2011. Even “Darkness Is” cruises with a weightless delight. It’s left to the affecting “Time Stands Still,” the ghostly “Human Nature,” the shimmery, girl-group-style “Criminal,” and the near-industrial and chilling “Debris” to close in on the night. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Named after a PJ Harvey album and featuring Leisha Hailey (who was cast as Alice Pieszecki on Showtime’s The L Word) and Camilla Grey (who performed with the notable Mellowdrone), Uh Huh Her is a refreshing synth duo with a true gift for writing catchy tunes that bounce around the dance floor. The sonic sheen of the opener, “Marstorm,” creates genuine enthusiasm that’s hard to ignore, but it’s the vocals’ genuine warmth that makes the song stick. It’s like that throughout Nocturnes, which isn’t nearly as dark and foreboding as its title suggests; these are relatively bright and perky tracks. “Another Case,” “Disdain,” and “Same High” pulse with that modern-yet-‘80s groove that permeates pop fashion in 2011. Even “Darkness Is” cruises with a weightless delight. It’s left to the affecting “Time Stands Still,” the ghostly “Human Nature,” the shimmery, girl-group-style “Criminal,” and the near-industrial and chilling “Debris” to close in on the night. 

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About Uh Huh Her

Perhaps best known in the role of Alice Pieszecki on Showtime's The L Word, Leisha Hailey was also the woman behind Uh Huh Her, an electro-pop duo that made some waves on the indie circuit following the release of their debut album in 2007. Hailey, formerly of the jangly, Indigo Girls-esque duo the Murmurs, decided to make a return to the music biz following a five year break; she was subsequently introduced to Mellowdrone bassist and keyboardist Camila Grey in early 2007 and the pair hit it off. Billing themselves as Uh Huh Her (a reference to PJ Harvey's chart-topping 2004 album), the duo holed up in Grey's home in Los Angeles and recorded their debut long-player, I See Red. An ethereal affair that nodded to the nocturnal, dance-oriented synth of acts like Metric and Ladytron while simultaneously building on Hailey's alt-rock roots, the disc was released on Plaid later that year. In August 2008, Uh Huh Her returned with Common Reaction on RCA. ~ Margaret Reges

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