Boomkat Product Review:
Up until the release of Hasenlove Antonia Leukers has been primarily known for her visual art as part of the Institut Hasenbart collective. Leukers music is probably most readily comparable to CocoRosie, particularly given the emphasis on lo-fi homemade beats and ramshackle songwriting. On this one-sided LP's final track (for which there's no readily apparent title) she even sounds a bit like Bianca Casady - albeit Bianca Casady singing in German with comically out of tune note-holding. While Leukers' songwriting is fairly left-of-centre to say the least, it's by no means messy or inaccessible, and her off-kilter recording style suits her compositions down to the ground, throwing in roughly sculpted electronic beats where necessary. The presentation of this LP warrants a special mention. In addition to being adorned with a slightly disturbing print on its playing surface (specifically, two hares licking each others private parts...) there's an especially finely detailed etching on the flipside. I suppose you'd expect this to be fairly opulent given Leukers' background in the visual arts though, wouldn't you?
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