Electric Wire Hustle Release Second Album Love Can Prevail

The second album of New Zealand duo Electric Wire Hustle Love Can Prevail was released worldwide last month, and features on Jon Pareles’ Playlist in The New York Times.

Pareles describes the R&B, soul and electronica duo’s album.

“It plunges Marvin Gaye’s pensive side into the 21st-century information wilderness.

“Its songs are descendants of ‘What’s Going On’: minor-key meditations desperately trying to stave off gloomy portents.”

Pareles describes the tracks as knotty, disorienting studio fabrications, surrounding hand-played R&B with amorphous electronic textures, interwoven vocals, foreboding orchestral strings and densely layered samples.

“Keyboards bounce around the stereo field; percussion gets stacked up like sandbags in a bunker.

“The songs plead for love as the only salvation in a dire future, while the darkly enthralling music argues that chances are slim.”

Love Can Prevail is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the duo’s critically-acclaimed self-titled 2010 debut, which thrust the group into the international spotlight and achieved cult status following its release.

The duo toured the U.S. in support of the Love Can Prevail album release in September with stops in Miami, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Electric Wire Hustle are bringing  the Love Can Prevail show to New Zealand with a touring schedule this month.

Original article ‘Playlist’ by Jon Pareles, The New York Times, 19 September 2014

Additional information from Scoop

Photo credit: Richard Ban

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