As Happy Meals, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook make a hazy, liminal pop music pointing out to disparate influences: the sleek disco of Italians Do It Better, the Francophone bubblegum of Stereolab, the dance floor hallucinations of Not Not Fun, and the warm synth blossoms of the contemporary analog synth brigade. With its blown-out VHS fidelity and sensual lingering shots of antediluvian music hardware, the video to “Le Voyage” — a cut from forthcoming album Apéro, strikes a sweet balance between continental sophistication and bedroom invention. Fingers stroke keys and program sequencers; Rodden locks eyes with her mirror image, strikes poses and shakes her head, lost in music. It’s like a private utopia, of which we’re granted just a glimpse.
Apéro is out 10 November on Night School Records.