Last night 18+ brought their new album COLLECT to The Pickle Factory. The duo are intriguing stage presence – think Gainsbourg and Birkin stripped of the slow-burning romance. Their lyrics are visceral and raw and so it feels like you’re creeping on a very private conversation. With a set that runs the gamut of emotion, from lust and love to fierce anger, it’s a rewardingly exhausting experience.
They don’t perform with a band, it’s two artists on stage with a laptop so you’re left appreciating their vulnerability – they’re giving it to you straight with no filtering and censorship. This is what makes 18+ special; they make electronica that is human, rich with real emotions. The feelings they express are universal – the anger and confusion that love creates. At times it can feel less like a gig and more like a cathartic experience for audience and band.
The album was recorded collaboratively between the artist’s residences in the Berlin and Honolulu. COLLECT is a product of their physical distance, a reflection on intimacy and privacy. Using field recordings and telephone samples, the duo have created their own sonic universe and as a listener you have to be content with stealing snippets.
COLLECT is out now via Houndstooth