Night Gallery’s Constant Struggle is probably the best cassingle to have come out in the past decade. (The LP is also pretty good.) Both have covers with a lovely parody of the classic Deutsche Grammophon design (see below for side by side comparisons with one of my favorite DG releases).
Night Gallery isn’t treading any territory remotely near new; the virtue of it is the exquisiteness with which it’s executed. Constant Struggle is one of the most juicily crafted synthpop hits I’ve heard since drunkenly flailing around on the dance floors of goth clubs in the late 90s.
I’ve also finally come around to Twin Shadow. I think, perhaps, my initial hesitation with it was hearing a friend say, “you’ll love it! It’s exactly your type of music.” You know, you hear someone say that and you just have to prove her wrong. Well, Slow has been playing through my headphones on repeat for weeks now, so I guess you were right. The sexy video doesn’t hurt, either.
While we’re on the topic of vaguely 80’s sounding music, I am obsessed with some of the songs off of Abe Vigoda’s last album Crush. Especially this song Dream of My Love (Chasing After You).