Review: Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift – Love is a Drag

love_is_a_dragFollowing on their Record Store 2015 collaboration, Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift distill two simple truths down to seven minutes of melodic bliss on Love is a Drag, their second 7″ single in as many years.

Anchored by the title track’s plaintive strum and Swift’s enveloping vocals, the duo croon, “Treat me like a doll / Show me who you are / Everything you want / Crashes like a car”, with Swift taking the lead on the one-sided verses. Backed by the knocking b-side, “Life is Change,” Hitchcock and Swift ponder the entropic nature of existence and emotion through a maddening musical prism.

Hitchcock and Swift leave ample space between their dripping harmonies for one to cry, absorb and reconsider the oddity of reality. Released on the pair’s Tiny Ghost Records, you can stream Love is a Drag below and purchase the singles as digital downloads or pre-order the 7″ vinyl single via Bandcamp.

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