I was first introduced to Hercules and Love Affair a few years back by a good friend (who I haven’t seen in forever) when we started chatting online with each other.
Ok, so we were flirting with each other online quite regularly, and we eventually hooked up once but that’s not the point. 😉
During our chats he sent me links to this band’s videos and I absolutely loved it. The vibe and sound of this band, described as a ‘musical project’ from New York based DJ Andy Butler, really spoke to me. In early interviews, Butler stated his intent to release music with a rotating cast of performers and musicians (Source: Wikipedia).
Their music was cool, with a great sound and old-school vibe that made it easy to listen to and easily fit into my love of chill-out type music. When they first debuted back in 2008, their first single “Blind” was co-written and featured guest Antony Hegarty (lead vocalist in Antony & The Johnsons, a band I was introduced to back in Montreal by a dear friend).
That debut album also featured vocals from Nomi Ruiz, who went on to form the band Jessica 6, which I got to see with that same friend in a basement East London music venue. It was a last minute invite due to a friend of his cancelling last minute.. and technically was the first time we’d met in person.
It was a fun night full of great music and terrific company.. too bad I had to work the next morning, but it was worth the lack of sleep.
Anyway, below you’ll find their latest video for their song ‘I Try to Talk to You’, featuring vocals from John Grant who has a ‘sexy tomcat voice’.
The video for this truly stands out as it shows a couple seemingly struggling against each other through some fantastic choreography that just flows as the video goes forward.
Oh, and did I mention it’s two men? Yeah, even more amazing to watch the interaction between the two dancers.
So enjoy, and let me know what you think of the song and the video. 🙂