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Boomkat Product Review:
Super-cooled electro-pop and synth soul album from Finland's pretty excellent Villa Nah duo. If you clocked their Jori Hulkkogen co-produced 7" earlier this year you'll have some idea of the terrain we're in; distinguished male vocal lead pop tunes with strong hints of classic Skanfrom and a lot of emphasis on the "Pop" element. The Thomas Dolby-esque strains of baroque opener 'Time For Tea' makes a resplendent start, before the sublime chill of the housier 'Running On' comes over like Junior Boys produced by Johan Agebjorn. Deeper in, 'Kiss And Tell' offers a up-tempered thrust of NRG/EBM bassline and pained vocals like a contemporary cousin to Cold Cave and the widescreen synth pads of 'Way Of The Future' marks all the right Carpenter boxes. In 'Remains Of Love' we find another huge highlight where cityscape-scanning synth beams fly alongside Juho Paalosmaa's classic vocals, putting years of personal pop studies to the test, and passing with a distinction. Closing the album, 'Emerald Hills' shuts its eyelids tight and rides the crest of a purified bassline arpeggiation, holding hands with Juho and floating off into a midnight sunlit sky. No homo. Apparently a number of these tracks have been licensed for wider use already and it's so easy to hear why. If you've fallen for Junior Boys, Valerie Dore or Sally Shapiro this has the potential to become a future favourite. Recommended!