BDY_PRTS – Fly Invisible Hero
- Ryan Drever
- 21 November 2017
Glasgow duo's debut album is the sound of a band still figuring itself out
Fly Invisible Hero is the debut album from Glasgow-based electro pop duo BDY_PRTS, aka Jenny Reeve and Jill O'Sullivan. Both parties, or PRTS, if you will, have been making music for years now, and you may already be familiar with some of their work; whether it's O'Sullivan's local favourites Sparrow and the Workshop or Reeve's time served with Arab Strap, Union of Knives and her own group, Strike the Colours. While both voices are likely instantly recognisable to existing fans and followers, BDY_PRTS is a far cry from projects past.
Taking a seemingly deep drink from the river of influence that still flows heavily from the mouth of the 80s, the duo deal largely in synth-heavy pop songs, often reminiscent of heavy-hitters such as Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, and, occasionally, Prince. Lead single, 'Warrior', for example is a pretty blinding example of the former, with O'Sullivan's voice sliding in low under Reeve's and sounding so much like Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie together that it's eerie. With its chorus aiming straight up into deep space, it's not so much an imitation in the end, as a sharp jab into that same vein.
However, there are times when the production veers more into late 90s/early 00s R&B, with 'Cold Shoulder' sounding like it could have been written with Destiny's Child in mind. But while that song's chorus is one of the smoothest and most palatable on the album, it becomes clear, especially when hearing the likes of 'Breathe' and 'Shame' that the album's true peaks lie in their more atmospheric depths. Or in other words, they sound at their most powerful, and most focused when they paint with slower, fuller strokes as opposed to the spots and splashes of their more jerky, danceable numbers. But this is a band still figuring itself out and there's enough good stuff here to warrant your close attention.
Out Fri 24 Nov on Aggrocat.