Ears Wide Open: The Controversy



The two latest singles from the Controversy take a more arty approach than most of the synth-pop duos raising our blood-sugar levels. At the very least, “Queen of Chinatown” (especially) and “Two Voices” carry an air of sophistication that “Real” – the 2012 album from the twosome of Laura Vall and Thomas Hjorth – only hinted at. The pulsing synths and clickety-clack rhythms imagine the Controversy’s “Queen” as a tortured soul living a double life. The Controversy’s sophomore full-length, “Don’t Count On Me,” is planned for a Feb. 10 release.

||| Stream: “Queen of Chinatown” and “Two Voices”