Don’t be silly, Peter Snow and Philippa Forrester haven’t made an album together. Tomorrow’s World is the new project by Lou Hayter, from disco-loving London synthpoppers New Young Pony Club, and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, from ambient-leaning French synthpoppers Air.
So, synthpop then?
How’d you guess? If you don’t like synths, you won’t like Tomorrow’s World. Dunckel’s arranged theirs into sleek, atmospheric shapes. Hayter handles frontwoman duties: breathy vocals; icy beauty.
Sounds a bit like Eurythmics.
Maybe, but their songs blend ingenuous girl group yearning with digital hooks that draw on Moroder and DAF. And as the name would suggest, they’ve got a retro-futuristic aesthetic that wasn’t Annie Lennox’s bag. One track is called ‘Metropolis’, summoning up Kraftwerk’s blend of Euro-nostalgia and neophilia. And one’s called ‘Drive’, summoning up – er – Ryan Gosling in a shiny jacket.
It all seems pretty cool.
It is – Hayter’s airy voice sounds great on tracks like ‘Think of Me’ or ‘So Long My Love’, which come across respectively like off-cuts from the ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Terminator 2’ soundtracks.
Okay, but are they as good as the ‘Tomorrow’s World’ theme tune?
No. But what is?
The Bottom Line Two synthpop-lovers, together in electric dreams.
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The Blues Kitchen Camden
This lively, contemporary bar-diner on the main Camden drag celebrates American musical heritage in song (live shows, DJs, free harmonica lessons), spirits and sustenance. The food is all-American in spirit and substance, with barbecue and burgers featuring prominently. Though you can, if you insist, order a 'superfood salad.' There are around 50 bourbons in a variety of categories, some used as bases for cocktails. Rarer types (Blanton’s Gold, Sazerac 18-Year-Old Rye, Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash) go for a tenner or more, but otherwise you’ll be paying £3.50 to £6. ‘America’s native spirit’ is how Kentucky bourbon is described, with Ancient Age and Evan Williams typical examples; Tennessee, ‘the first cousin of Kentucky’, is honoured with a full suit of Jack Daniel’s labels.
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