Bonjour Batfrog

Bonjour Batfrog

Scott Helland (whose résumé includes Deep Wound and Outpatients) drives riffs and corresponding rhythms down the French Bowery. “Fe Fi Fo Fum” rattles environmental apathy with earth-rumbling guitar riffs. The nocturnal vibe coloring “Strangers After Midnight” and “Batgirl” illustrate Samantha Stephenson’s growth as a singer, moving beyond lipstick traces of Siouxsie and Piaf for a playful role as gothic seductress. The tender “Carried Away” recalls The Pretenders’ “I Go to Sleep.” “Mirror Mirror” evokes X with on-key harmonies, while “Forever and Ever MC Escher” glides on elliptical power chords and a soothing coo for complex, transcendent indie pop.

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