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For its second release, Strangelove resurrects two cuts from Australian cult synth pop duo Arvo’s much-mythologised 1984 album “Luna”. Having spent time in Europe and with heads & hearts
full of the continent’s synth-pop movements, Deborah Gray and Roy Nicolson each returned Down-under to discover
a doggedly rock orientated landscape. Finding solace in Roy’s studio and inspired by their musical O.E.’s, the ARVO concept was formed and an album took shape. A glamorous visual/electronic opus, major label misjudgment and local bewilderment left ‘Luna’ to unjustly slip under the radar.
Rescued here, “Bikini” channels an Ipanema electronic vibe, nostalgically recalling Antipodean beach culture while the synthetic undercurrents of ”So Deep” reflect on the nature of our dreams. Also presented is a reimagined “So Deep’’ instrumental from Australia’s synth pop scholar-in-chief Hysteric, while French M.O.T.M. Shelter tailors Bikini into an excursion version.
Patrick says: Well here we have it folks, Strangelove return with the follow to that gorgeous Lena D'Agua release, a top notch blast of Australian synth pop from Arvo. The playful Balearic pop of "Bikini" grooves along nicely with nuanced percussion, pre-Twin Peaks weirdness and irresistible resort melodies while the white guy synth funk of "So Deep" rolls its pastel sleeves up and shuffles into the heart of the discotheque. On the flip, Parisian synth prince Shelter lends 'Bikini' some aquatic electronics and a new arrangement, while Aussie-Italophile Hysteric dubs "So Deep" into an irresistible Cowley style throbber.
A2. So Deep
B1. Bikini (Shelter Extended Mix)
B2. So Deep (Hysteric Instrumental Mix)