Hefner – When the Angels Play Their Drum Machines

Hefner
When the Angels Play Their Drum Machines

It’s 80s synths and enigmatic vocals all the way with Hefner, with drum loops and equally loopy lyrics about a girl who seemed intent on ruining our hero’s hearts. If Kraftwerk had grown up listening to indie music then they would have sounded just like Hefner. There is that enigmatic quality in “Angels” and a curious mix of emotive lyrics sung in a detached emotionless style.

Other songs are more traditional guitar-led numbers, but “When the Angels Play Their Drum Machines” that has the kitsch uniqueness that has them standing out from the bunch. The lyrics are interesting with topics in other songs touching on “Christian Girls” and “The Hymn For the Cigarettes.” “When the Angels Play Their Drum Machines” itself doesn’t seem to be much about drum machines or indeed angels, but I’m sure the intention was there someone along the line. Instead it’s about chances of love that you get in hotel rooms by the seaside. It also seems quite sad despite the novel fun sound of all the lo-fi keyboards.

This is definitely worth a listen if you like your synth sound about 20 years old, Hefner should do more of this kind of stuff.