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Wednesday, May 11 2011
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Remember the Lovemakers? Until last year, they were a popular East Bay electropop outfit that subsisted on bangin' tempos and sexually sarcastic lyrics from the voices of ex-romantics Lisa Light and Scott Blonde. That band is no more, but now Light is back with her own project, El Elle, and a new solo album that sees her picking up the clubby hooks where the Lovemakers left off. Anthems like "Astral Plane" beg for astrologically inclined dancefloor-nication, while towering ballads like "Honey, I'm Home" show a side of Light's persona that isn't lit by the disco ball. The blend of big beats, guitar blasts, and upthrust choruses is leavened by her bold, deep voice and production that varies from radio pop to ambient minimalism, making El Elle a promising new addition to the Bay Area pop scene.

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