Saturday 24 November 2012

HVOB - Dogs

Single review by KevW

Well you're probably wondering, so I'll put you out of your misery. Most bands that have long names reduce them down to initials (not acronyms! An acronym is where the letters spell another word, so HVOB is NOT an acronym), these guys have chosen the opposite approach. Their full name being Her Voice Over Boys. We don't have a great deal of information, and can only speculate on the name, but HVOB are a production/musician duo who formed earlier this year, possibly based on continental Europe. The 'Dogs' EP is their debut release, and as these things often do, it comes with a brace of remixes, and also another track, 'Let's Keep This Quiet' on the B-side.

As songs go, 'Dogs' straddles genres, hinting at the influence of house, trip-hop, electro-pop, indie and soul. It's also fairly simple in structure, but simplicity is often the hardest thing to perfect and can sound lazy in the wrong hands. Here it sounds, well, not quite inspired, but certainly as though they know where they're headed with it. Built around a basic beat and synth/keys lines it's repetitive in a good way. Where some songs can become tedious using this trick, HVOB use this repetition to get under your skin. The vocals, when they appear, are soft and soothing, only adding to the easy-going nature of the song. It's not coffee-table house for people who don't really like house though, they have substance too and should be worth keeping an eye on.

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