An accomplice of Massive Attack, producer/songwriter Neil Davidge also earns his corn soundtracking movies and video games, from Luc Besson’s Unleashed to Halo 4. Perhaps no surprise, then, that the debut single from his Slo Light album melds an earful of ominous ambient electronica with a cinematic, dreamlike video that will tickle the fancies of surrealists, neon fetishists and voyeurs everywhere. The nocturnal visuals are foil to the track’s synthetic motorik beat, minor-key counterpoints and muted trance, over which Cate Le Bon does nothing to eschew those Nico comparisons (even though the Welshwoman is a far superior singer) as she goes all Franglais on us: who’d have thought a lyrical reference to "cheval" (horses, Rodney, horses) would make for such an alluring refrain. ‘Gallant Foxes’ is a sum of mysterious parts for sure, but the whole is an enigmatic electro beauty.
Gallant Foxes is released on 31 March on 7Hz Productions
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