Hippo-Lite the second album by DRINKS, a collaboration between Cate Le Bon and The Fall and White Fence's Tim Presley, was released last Friday. Recorded in isolation from the modern distractions of internet, smartphones and TV in Saint-Hypolyte-Du-Fort a small town in the South of France, it's self-consciously weird and improvisational, made as much for the pairs' own satisfaction as for the outside world's.
Recalling two great experimental eras of Rock music, the early Seventies Hippie playgrounds of Kevin Ayers, Faust and Gong and the Post-Punk adventuring of Slits, Young Marble Giants and The Raincoats, Hippo-Lite slots into this great non-conformist tradition as snug as a bug in a rug. If Corner Shops and Real Outside are hit records from an alternative better universe, Ducks, (as much of a statement as the Avant Gard pop songs mentioned just now), hoists the freak flag to its own great tuneless and shapeless glee and surely to many listeners irritation and discomfort. The record seems sure to be a grower. I look forward to that taking place greatly.