Way Out West We Love Machine

Way Out West We Love Machine

Nick Warren and Jody Wisternoff's fourth studio full-length is brave and optimistic, with a healing touch. The Bristol duo touched our souls in the '90s with their anthem "The Gift" ― a musical transfiguration of Roberta Flack's classic "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." And they've been around the block in the 21st century, with songs garnering number one spots on the dance charts and nods from the indie community (for 2005's "Don't Forget Me"). We Love Machine pays respect to classic analog synths, reconnecting us with the beautiful sounds they can make. Rich with clarity and confidence, most of these songs have enough solidity and character to stand alone. First single "Only Love" enlivens a beautiful layering of gentle electronica with soulful vocals. "Bodymotion" takes us to the electro dance floor with echo-y drumbeats and consoling tribal flute. And for the trauma and hardships we have experienced, the soft synths of "Survival" bring a state of calmness and regeneration. (Hope)