We Are ENFANT TERRIBLE - Explicit Pictures (Last Gang)

Childhood computer game memories cascade throughout the exciting Explicit Pictures.

Released May 3rd, 2011 via Last Gang / By Mark Beckett
We Are ENFANT TERRIBLE - Explicit Pictures (Last Gang) When We Are ENFANT TERRIBLE talk of 'changing between A and B' they are not instigating chord changes, but instead toggling between the buttons of a Nintendo Gameboy, an unlikely instrument lending to their juvenile electro-pop. At the heart of the music is an outcast child devoid of self-worth, who finds solace in video games, music and most importantly video game music, the Lille trio's overriding influence.

Every track is like a new level or a mini-game, from the syncopated Tetris bleeps of 'Lobster Quadrille' to the ghoulish Zelda-esque howls of 'Nectarine Dream'. However the relentlessly impish cadence doesn't gloss over the melancholy, as even the artwork depicts the feeling of childhood isolation through artificial technicolour tears.

The dark core of this album refuses to rise to the surface too intrusively, the surface being sticky underground club floors and damp house party carpets. Its dancefloor credentials are unquestionable thanks to the spasmodic rhythms of songs like 'Make You Laugh' and 'Sick Crooner', the latter sounding like Sonic the Hedgehog on speed.

The vocals of singer Clo are laden with cool restraint and adorable idiosyncrasies, even becoming haunting at times when muffled by distortion. Her jet lagged flow peaks on 'A Song to You', as she nonchalantly dreams of yellow bicycles and staring at lights whilst wearing sunglasses. Don't say you weren't warned of its puerile indulgences.

Following their EP Thanks for the Fish, the hype surrounding WAET was fed another kipper by the release of single 'Wild Child' with the b-side 'Flesh 'n' Blood Kids', both of which have found their way onto Explicit Pictures. These are the sorts of songs that get your right shoulder going at the mere thought of playing them, the former's staccato keyboard and the latter's infectious hook prove irresistible to even the most casual of listeners.

To compare WAET's music to Gameboy music may seem insulting, but only on the assumption that Gameboy music is nothing more than irritating, repetitive dross. If Explicit Pictures was to feature on Gameboys, the outcast kids would certainly experience a shift in social acceptance. And it makes the idea of fitting together descending blocks of varying shapes and colours a whole lot more attractive.