With a bandleader like Doug Scharin, whose other stints include June of 44, Codeine, Rex, and Direction in Music, it's no wonder that HiM's multivalent sound is as easy to compare to wildly experimental groups like Animal Collective as it is to call it postmodern Serge Gainsbourg. Eclectic African-infused instrumentation commingles with violins, dreamy melodies, funk-inflected horn sections, and intense, rhythmic vocals, making for ennui-free lounge-like listening. It's currently available in Europe and you can expect it in the U.S. in early May.
Get it for $11 from No Karma.
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