Led by singer-violinist Koi Anunta, In Love & WAR have a sound that is, by turns, dreamy, dark and mysterious––sometimes all at once. A bassline that develops into a human heartbeat sets off the moody, romantic “Stars,” introducing us to Anunta’s breathy, whispery voice in a song about yearning for the touch of a now-distant lover and the impending end of a once powerful love. On “Something to Believe,” her voice exudes a sweet vulnerability inits gratitude. This recording makes it clear, however, that the band’s inherent sound (particularly the keyboards) has an essence, something in its sonic DNA, that is at odds with Western ears. Almost as if these are English versions of Far East pop hits.
Seeking: Film/TV, Label/distribution
Style: Trip hop, Alternative, Goth