by M.V. Essick –
There is something to be said about us and our guilty pleasures of this world. Biting nails, eating peanut butter, and making pickle sandwiches. My unfortunate vice was delving into the infamous juggernaut The L Word. What started out as an innocent show to watch while doing laundry turned into a Netflix marathon that put even the most seasoned binge watcher to shame.
Part of my descent into the lesbian melodrama was my fascination with the character Alice Pieszecki.The quick-witted blond whose bubbly personally seemingly won everyone over. (Even though her behavior can be seen as borderline creepy sometimes.) After I watched the last season, I was unsatisfied. Just what was Ali—I mean, Leisha Hailey up to these days? It had been six years since the final episode of The L Word.
Turns out that besides acting, Leisha Hailey has another talent that’s she’s also quite renowned for: her musical skills. One of her latest projects is Uh Hun Her– a band created by both Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend Camila Grey. In Future Souls, their third studio album, the duo shows us their musical chops with what could be described as “melodic electronic pop.”
Future Souls, as an album, tends to hover over two similar sounds. There’s the danceable and slightly uptempo tracks such as “Shine” and “It’s Chemical”. And then there’s the more subverted techno beat that’s not quite as intense but still leaves your head bobbing to the beat. “Innocence” and “Time” still keep the rhythm going despite at a slower pace.
“Strange Design” follows like the latter, though the tempo is slowed down significantly more compared to all the other tracks in the album… almost to the point it almost feels a bit out of place.
But not quite!
Leisha and Camila’s smoky melodies blend nicely with the synth sounds. If I had to give a name to it, I would call it an ethereal love power ballad–something that I would picture a heroine blasting over boombox to her lover’s window a la Say Anything.
People have been quick to label Uh-Huh-Her as novelty band–a poor lesbian’s version of Tegan and Sara. It’s a guilty pleasure for some of us that cannot let go of an impactful show. I digress–in Future Souls, Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey show us exactly what you get when you combine wistful vocals with funky electro pop.