Handsome Furs is sort of a Wolf Parade offshoot, consisting of Dan Boeckner and his wife Alexei Perry. It’s way more electro than Wolf Parade, though, and in fact, the new album Face Control is considerably chillier and more dance-oriented than the first one. All of which means that I liked it less and other reviewers liked it more. What are you going to do?
Anyway, here’s part of the review, up today at Dusted:
Handsome Furs’ debut, Plague Park draped Alexei Perry’s programmed drums and synthesizers in her partner Dan Boeckner’s shaggy, distorted guitars and emotive singing. Like some science experiment in currents and thermal drafts, the band’s sound flowed hot and cold, but the warmth floated to the top. Face Control, by contrast, places stylish, strobe-lit club beats at the forefront. Boeckner’s guitar flares in brief, arena-aspiring moments, but mostly stays in check. The whole vibe is cleaner, clearer and less fraught with human feeling than the debut. It’s a restless, twitchy, uncomfortable dance party, concerned primarily with sharp rhythms and slick surfaces. It is, overall, very early 1980s.
I’m Confused” from Face Control)
“Cannot Get, Started” (from Plague Park)