New album from husband and wife duo
Donna Regina - The Decline of Female Happiness

It’s no great surprise to learn that Donna Regina, a duo of some twenty years vintage, are popular in Japan, sounding as they do like delicate quirk-pop masters Pizzicato Five on Ritalin. A sweetly melancholic, analogue warmth pervades this record with Nico-like hushed vocals atop floating acoustic guitar and laconic beats. “So many kinds of loneliness / I’m learning about them all on a lost and lonely Sunday” sings Regina Janssen on one of the album’s standout tracks, ‘Lost Sunday’, and yet the lightness of touch ensures that in these hands even sadness doesn’t sound that sad.


Words by Gareth James


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