10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Uh Huh Her (the L.A.-based electro-pop duo of Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey, named after a PJ Harvey album despite not making music resembling Harvey’s in any discernible way) build on their considerable success with their most focused album to date. Future Souls, their third studio full-length, comes together with its songs sharpened and finessed for mass consumption. Cold blood need run through your veins—or a lifelong dislike for synthesizers—to reject the immediate charms of the album’s one-two punch of “Innocence” and “It’s Chemical.” Chalk it up to working in a home studio without time constraints or external pressures upsetting their inner balances, but the duo’s musicianship on Future Souls has a natural flow that never attempts to get weird for weird’s sake. Instead, the focus is on making the best dance music album possible. “Nuthin’ Without Your Love” is spiked with the efforts of Che Pope (Kanye West, Jay-Z), while Grey’s former Mellowdrone bandmate and Black Delta frontman Jonathan Bates heats up natural frisson elsewhere. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Uh Huh Her (the L.A.-based electro-pop duo of Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey, named after a PJ Harvey album despite not making music resembling Harvey’s in any discernible way) build on their considerable success with their most focused album to date. Future Souls, their third studio full-length, comes together with its songs sharpened and finessed for mass consumption. Cold blood need run through your veins—or a lifelong dislike for synthesizers—to reject the immediate charms of the album’s one-two punch of “Innocence” and “It’s Chemical.” Chalk it up to working in a home studio without time constraints or external pressures upsetting their inner balances, but the duo’s musicianship on Future Souls has a natural flow that never attempts to get weird for weird’s sake. Instead, the focus is on making the best dance music album possible. “Nuthin’ Without Your Love” is spiked with the efforts of Che Pope (Kanye West, Jay-Z), while Grey’s former Mellowdrone bandmate and Black Delta frontman Jonathan Bates heats up natural frisson elsewhere. 

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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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