Release Info: KIT HAIN / Looking For You (1982)
I am not sure if Looking For You was ever released in the U.S. During my high school years, I wrote for a student-run newspaper and Polygram sent a promotional copy to be reviewed for the paper. Someone else wrote the review but I got to keep the album. I was duly impressed, Hain's textured, gothic pop was an exotic new sound for me in 1982. The title track is a pulsating, twirling uptempo that deserved an amped up dance remix. "Parting Would Be Painless" is bouncy, urgent new wave. The main thing that distinguishes Hain from her early new wave co-horts are her impassioned vocals -- Hain is the exact opposite of cool detachment. She almost sounds like she's crying on her sad plea to her wayward lover "I'm The One Who's With You." "Spirits Walking Out" grabbed my attention immediately; it is an arresting track that sounds like it was inspired by a horror movie, with its ghoulish moans, menacing percussion and synths made to sound like blasts of brass. "Survivors" is an uptempo with a rubbery bass that makes you want to dance. I also like "Awaking Again" and "Aaron." Listening to this album in full for the first time in more than 20 years, it brings back great memories of youth. I think it was Hain's Looking For You that got me ready for Kate Bush and Alison Moyet a few years later.
Looking For You
Parting Would Be Painless
I'm The One Who's With You
Spirits Walking Out