Haunted Hearts – ‘Initiation’

Haunted Hearts - 'Initiation'


Crocodiles Brandon Welchez and Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee Penny team up on collection of fuzzy pop

This husband/wife collaboration between Crocodiles’ Brandon Welchez and Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee Penny marries the pained krautrock fuzz of the former’s band to the racy pop sass of the latter’s. Often pictured wearing the same red lipstick, their fishnets-and-fag-ash aesthetic is mirrored by the smutty sleeve art (above). Both have moved away from their lo-fi roots and, hearing them collaborate, you imagine married life as the reason for this more mature sound. The album’s moments of sexed-up rock ‘n’ roll (‘Initiate Me’) and bruising, motown influenced heart-to-hearts (‘Love Incognito’) sound grown up as well as alluring. By the time closing waltz ‘Bring Me Down’ ends, intimacy levels are so high that you feel like a contented voyeur.

Ben Homewood


Record label: Zoo Music
Release date: 26 May, 2014