Let Us Never Speak Again

Out Hud's laptop-friendly manipulation of organic musicianship results in a lightheartedly buoyant retro sound, where new-wave effects decorate an array of instruments and computer-generated rhythms,

Out Hud's laptop-friendly manipulation of organic musicianship results in a lightheartedly buoyant retro sound, where new-wave effects decorate an array of instruments and computer-generated rhythms, while frantic percussive mixes lock in step with old-school synthesizers. "Let Us Never Speak Again" sees the San Francisco-born and New York-based quintet donning its largely instrumental pieces with Chicago house textures and even the occasional turn into early-'80s hip-hop. With three of its five members moonlighting in electro-rock outfit !!!, it's only natural the latter act's more song-oriented structures would seep into Out Hud. Here, female members Phyllis Forbes and Molly Schnick share vocal duties on a handful of tracks. Their delicate singing not only makes the music more accessible, but gives the act one more instrument to play with.—TM