Decidedly pleasant is the best way to describe Belfast’s latest peddlers of dirty synths and drum loops. Uber Glitterati are a new two piece who have brought considerable talent to the table. They wear their Human League and OMD influences proudly on their sleeves. Elizabeth McGeown’s vocals shimmer over Stevie Mac’s music and give birth to an eighties throwback meets Roisin Murphy-esque bastard lovechild that never fails to bring a smile to the listeners lips. This isn’t simply smug pastiche or a well-rehearsed electro tribute act, they bring a distinctive sound of their own in an EP of real energy and uplifting tempo throughout.
Their self-titled debut is in this reviewer’s humble opinion an accomplished slice of electro pop. Opener ‘Australia’ is all shiny synth and sparky drum loops. McGeown’s vocal isn’t lost in the mix and she comes over all Florence Welsh stuck in a lift with Neil Tennant. ‘Tilt’ brings the guitar action to proceedings and has a nice melody to it. ‘Stood in line’ is a low key affair that is perfectly serviceable if a little filler-ish. Fourth track ‘Broke my Cool’ is a belter and the standout track of the EP for me, it’s a fresh and engaging number that zips through its 4 minutes leaving you wanting more.
The northern duo have released an unremittingly catchy debut that has an immediacy often all too lacking in this musical genre. They’re a hugely promising act that are justifiably starting to gather a lot of praise. With this record they have written songs that will actually get you tapping your feet and lunging for the dance floor.