HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR
Hercules & Love Affair’s self-titled 2008 is probably the gayest-sounding album in most hipsters’ record collections, a set of songs rooted in ’70s disco that gives way to early-’80s club beats. Antony Hegarty’s super-androgynous vocals sealed the deal. For their second album, mastermind Andy Butler literally and figuratively moves away from New York City, relocating to Denver and recording the album in Vienna, where he and his restructured crew (including Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke this time) get their Yaz on, exploring mid-’80s house with both nostalgia and reverence. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room to roam on Blue Songs, since most of the tracks bleed into each other like one long pre-hangover mix. “My House” is both the highlight and statement of purpose here: “My house is in order” goes the chorus. And how.