Bitter:Sweet, More Sweet than Bitter

Drawing on full string ensembles and their undeniable Portishead bent, Bitter:Sweet’s Kiran Shahani and Shana Halligan offer too intricate a blend of eclectic beats and jazzy vocals to be categorized as electronica proper. They fuse traditional electronic sounds with a wide array of more classic instrumentals, oscillating between tracks like “Sugar Mama”, reminiscent of a Feist/Serge Gainsbourg marriage, and “Trouble,” which could almost pass as a revamped James Bond anthem. Continuing the individualized, more-sweet-than-bitter sound that garnered so much attention on their debut album, Bitter:Sweet’s sophomore record Drama, eases us into the summer spirit, one horn set at a time.

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