Release Date: Jul 8, 2014
Record label: ATP / ATP Recordings
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Perhaps it was deliberate that this trio chose a name which sounds so simple - Eaux is pronounced "O" like the French word for water - yet a non-French speaker might say it in a few different ways as they struggle to make sense of it. Eaux's music uses the machinery of pop and is, at its heart, a female vocal over a synth backing.
The clinical, mechanical sound that so often comes with music born of a laptop can be both a blessing and a curse. Get it right, and the result can be something cerebral and meaningful despite the lack of physical human interaction. Get it wrong, and it can be empty and soulless. Eaux have managed to sidestep this trap by making laptop-style music on actual instruments, and in doing so have created an album which blurs the line between retro and futuristic techno, yet always with an analogue soul.
London three-piece Eaux are stylish, subdued and very cool. They’re also very patient. Indeed, many of their songs feel like they have patiently-plotted dramatic arcs to them. Eaux build up a track, letting it simmer until it hits a certain sweet spot, and then they just keep it there until it peters out.