Ladyfrnd stuns with sonic-boom–heavy debut
Peter Ricq is pumping out playful electro-pop in Humans full-time, but this stunning self-titled debut from the local beatmaker’s co-ed side project Ladyfrnd may soon have the guy rethinking his priorities. Part of this has to do with Ricq stepping up his game productionwise, offering up a series of head-twisting Noir & B rhythms throughout the LP. Vocalist Yuki Holland’s muted and moody presence, meanwhile, adds several shady layers to Ladyfrnd. Mixed in with the gently wubbing rhythms and manipulated ukulele tones of “Un Petit Message”, her graceful melancholy helps make the devastating opener sound like a bass-music–influenced Beach House. “Sunday” brings the band deeper into the club with oscillated synths and a sonic-boom–heavy kick. That Holland can effortlessly summon up a mysterious atmosphere on the latter with lines about tying up her sneaks and searching for a pair of keys is testament to her talent.
Considering the expertly minimalist aesthetic of the cavernous “Winter Gone” or the down-tempo, house-flirting “5 Sisters”, it seems odd that Ladyfrnd would load its first outing with three remixes, including two revamps of “Un Petit Message”. That’s a minor quibble, though, and shouldn’t stop listeners from calling up this Ladyfrnd night after night.