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Boomkat Product Review:
After the unashamedly kitsch Cold War-themed pop of her irresistibly daft debut album, Shiver, Virna Lindt returned with this follow-up LP in 1985. Play/Record is driven by a more fleshed-out production job, but still rests much of its focus on a fondness for all things retro, with tracks like 'Festivo' geared towards '60s and '70s lounge. It's more than a little bit strange listening to an album from the mid-'80s that has designs on sounding as though it was made twenty years or so earlier. The engineering of the record remains resolutely in 1985, with all the customary reverb-soaked drums and chorused vocals the period dictated. The Ingmar Bergman-referencing 'Wild Strawberries' stands out as a real highlight, sounding at once poppy and danceable, yet stealthily quite experimental too, utilising pitchshifting effects and filtered field recordings of running water to thicken up the backing track for Virna's voice. 'Any Colour But Red' is remarkably similar to the sort of sensitive, half-spoken balladry featured on Charlotte Gainsbourg's recent album 5:55, and still sounds affecting to modern ears. As you'd hope this fine reissue was been remixed and remastered with suitable reverence, courtesy of its original producer. Highly recommended.