Mi and L’au, Mi and L’au

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Mi and L'au are a reclusive Finnish couple, their music written and recorded in the blanketed white of the wilderness where no one need ever raise their voice. There is a preciousness to the couple's self-titled debut that is profoundly geographical and isolated (but not lonely, it must be said); the intimacy between Mi, a former model, and L'au, French by birth, is tactile on songs like "Bums," the cascading acoustic guitar ticklish and playful, their harmonies soft and tentative like a familiar kiss. It is profoundly sexy music in a very adult way — a certainness of self that deflects life's trials and travails into glancing blows easily assuaged with a light touch. Though the beauty can get a bit monotonous, it's a lovely record.