After a split with its record company and other behind-the-scenes machinations, Uh Huh Her is ready to release its sophomore album, “Nocturnes,” this summer. But the electropop duo’s Camila Grey confesses that she’s actually more enamored with “Black and Blue,” an EP she and partner Leisha Hailey released to coincide with their spring tour dates.
“Because the album’s been done for almost a year now, it’s almost as if I’ve moved on from it,” explains Grey, 32, a former member of the band Mellowdrone who also moonlights as the keyboardist for 2009 “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert. “I made the EP afterwards and moved to this new direction, which is more energetic, a little more dancey, a little more psychedelic.
“(‘Nocturnes’) and the EP are just very, very different. I still love the album, but the EP feels a little newer and fresher.”
Besides their sonic differences, Grey says the two works were made in almost totally opposite fashions. “Nocturnes,” co-produced by Wendy Melvoin of Prince’s old Revolution band, took several months; Uh Huh Her made “Black and Blue,” however, “a week before we started touring,” according to Grey.
“I think we work well both ways,” she notes. “I almost work better under pressure — don’t get too heady about it, don’t take time to be too precious about it. The EP was very stream of consciousness, where (‘Nocturnes’) wasn’t. It was kind of planned and labored over.
“So, yeah, it’s two different approaches. One’s not really better than the other, though I liked the challenge of making the EP.”
Uh Huh Her and Diamonds Under Fire perform Wednesday, April 27, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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