Release Date: Sep 6, 2011
Record label: Asthmatic Kitty
Genre(s): Indie Electronic
Roberts & Lord have a sweet meet-cute origin story. Simon Lord (ex-Simian and currently in the Black Ghosts) was bored and scouting for something interesting on YouTube when he chanced upon a video by the noise-y pop goofball Rafter. He was so knocked out that he got in touch with Rafter Roberts and the two decided to collaborate. Roberts cut all the tracks for the album at his home studio and sent the music to Lord in London, who sent them back with vocals attached.
The silly title of Eponymous, the debut album from Roberts & Lord, suggests the goofy nature of the disc, but it provides some misdirection, too. Rafter Roberts (of Rafter) and Simon Lord (formerly of Simian) have created an album with plenty of surface play, but that facade hides more serious lyrical consideration. The sound of the album itself doesn’t suggest anything somber.
Simon Lord and Rafter Roberts, both with respectable careers underway, combined to create a cluttered, clever collaboration. Their unique take on pop music comes out in full force on their debut, Eponymous. This is less a debut than it is a first collaboration: Simon Lord and Rafter Roberts have been releasing music for the better part of the last decade, the former having key roles in English groups Simian and The Black Ghosts, the latter largely on his own as Rafter, though Roberts has also worked in production and engineering.