“A Puppy is Not Just For Christmas” by HEHFU // Music for My Broken Ears (2011)
The new HEHFU full length has been getting some air time in my ears for the past couple of weeks, but with the craziness of this time of the year and the general busy-ness of life, I hadn’t been able to give it my proper focus. Thankfully, all of that has changed these past few days and I’m finding myself hit the repeat button more and more. There’s a playfulness that weaves it’s way in and out of the album that makes it infectious as other times you’re hit with decidedly darker, serious tones. It doesn’t make for a schizophrenic listen in the least. In fact, it calls to mind the great Idlewild album “100 Broken Windows” which straddled the angst line with great indie pop. Of course, there’s shades of other sounds at play as well. Take for instance the Joy Division-esque driving post-punk rhythm (and synth line) of “A Puppy is Not For Christmas”, which is a genuine killer of a track. A gigantic leap forward for the band who were already making great use of the lo-fi, indie pop sounds in their previous EPs. The lean into the darker sounds of new wave and post punk is just what HEHFU needed to give it that extra little push and hopefully people will take notice. They’ve made a wonderful record that deserves your attention, and for the time being you can score it from Bandcamp for Name-Your-Price. You won’t be disappointed.