Wait. You mean to tell me this ISN’T a lost recording of the 1980’s British synth pop group Yazoo? …It sure sounds like it.
The song structure is smilier to something Vince Clark would perform, the drum patterns are distinctly early 80’s, and Hannah Rodgers’ voice is strikingly similar to that of Allison Moyet. None of this is a critique, the life of Yazoo was cut too short by the success of Clark’s other band Depeche Mode, and it was unfortunate the band only released two albums. If it was 1981 “Andean Condor”, the single off of “Small Mercies”, would have been a billboard top 5 hit for weeks.
I think this record needs more attention really, having seen The Men Without Hats at an empty dive bar in North Phoenix a while back, I could say that the market for new wave is dying out, but I won’t. I think there could be a market for this stuff again, but I think it’s going to take a really solid record like this one to rise up out of obscurity to get people interested. Honestly I think this album is stellar, it’s on par with “Speak and Spell” “Upstairs At Eric’s” “Dare” or any other great early new wave piece. I would really like to see this record getting passed around the purist new wave community. Yes, the old stuff is great, we all know that, but there are also new records like this one that need to be heard. Gary Numan is still touring, The Men Without Hats still plays some shows here and there, put her on stage supporting some of those guys and see what happens.