Folktronic delight from Kansas-born Londoner

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Piney Gir – Peakahokahoo

Cut loose last year from Vic Twenty (the band she shared with Adrian Morris), Angela Penhaligon’s solo debut (as Piney Gir) is carte blanche for a loose-footed spirit. It’s easier to list where she doesn’t go, but let’s say that the early-’80s analogue of “Creature” (equal parts Human League and Depeche Mode) is as effective as the kooky country of “Greetings, Salutations, Goodbye” and the Gallic ’60s pop of “Sweet”. Her voice?sticky-sweet with a dark aftertaste?is the key, capable of tearing apart “My Generation” one minute then playing cupid to Simple Kid (lounge-swinger “Nightsong”) the next.