they owe us album 'Broken English & Sad Serenades' revels in unique arrangements and sonic palettes, such as “Robots”, an electro psychedelic trip through the artifice of filthy rich lifestyles and lame VIP nonsense.
“Brushing Off The Dust” is a straightforward one-take wedding song hammered out on a compressed piano. The raw vocoder in “Hots For You And Your Silence” with the MPC-3000 salutes the night with grit and gravity. And the cymbal-driven title track, “Broken English & Sad Serenades”, truly pulls on the duo’s shared musical and lyrical interests. Toward the end of the song-length crescendo of “Heavily Distorted Nightmares”, the bottled frustration in Rane and Kris’s vocals culminates as both singers explode into full-on Swedish, unleashing their full selves in anthemic chorus. The tracks stands as a rather apt analog for what will surely be the first of many musical explorations by They Owe Us, a project whose shared roots, while just starting to dig in, already go deep.
Broken English & Sad Serenades is written, performed, recorded, and produced by Rane and Kris, They Owe Us. The album was mixed by Hans Olsson Brookes, and Reine Fiske (Dungen, The Amazing) guest appears on electric guitar.