Agoria The Green Armchair

As well-crafted electro pop, The Green Armchair is a comfortable follow-up to Sebastion Devaud’s (aka Agoria) Blossoms. Replete with lots of guest vocals, which make for a trashy chicness, the album’s cruising 4/4 beats and excursions into morphing techno are always broken up with frequent shifts that rock and raunch out. Sexing up the sound, Princess Superstar serves up lyrical foreplay over grungy breaks in "Lips On Fire” and Neneh Cherry brands "Million Miles” with her velvet voice over slow crawl rhythms and humming bass lines. Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy channels David Bowie’s White Duke best in "Edenbridge,” and Sylvan Rebut Minotti exercises almost eerie Freddy Mercury-like wails over plodding beats in "Your Inner Kiss.” (PIAS)