Album of the Week: Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – De Facto

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete - De Facto album cover

My first new album review of 2019 is one that I was initially unsure about and nearly didn’t make the cut, but I’m very glad I gave it another try.

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete are a male/female duo hailing from Mexico and De Facto is their fifth album. It’s a glorious mix of pop, psych, indie, post-rock with shoegaze overtones that can send you off onto a hypnotic journey you don’t ever want to end.

The album starts with Ana, an almost-tantric hypnotic chanting track overlaid with ominous bass-heavy synth leading into desolate twisted guitars. This interruption of songs with distorted mind-blowing guitars becomes a bit of a theme throughout the album, and not one that is unwelcome.

There are some straight-out psych rock efforts with dreamy interludes such as on Acción and Resistir – the airy vocals of singer Lorena Quintanilla nicely breaking up the heavier tendancies of husband Alberto González. There are more poppy tracks, such as the disco-groove laden Líneas En Hojas, which would sound a lot like Saint Etienne if it wasn’t for the gorgeous scuzzy guitars filling up the latter part of the song.

There are also some proper wig-outs to be had. Unificado has the desert ‘trip’ feel similarly invoked by The Doors’ This is the End before melding into a shoegaze epic. Lux Lumina offers minimalistic dream-pop that launches into a marvelous full-on maximum feedback sonic assault.

In my view they saved the best until last with La Maga, a 10-minute slow build track that morphs into a wonderfully hypnotic synth-backed guitar groove that just doesn’t ever stop – and gets better and better as it goes along.

A cracking start to the year!

Release dates: 11 January 2019

Rating: 8/10

Standout track: La Maga

For fans of:

  • Low
  • The Limiñanas
  • The Doors

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Album review: Moist – Lavine

Moist - Lavine album cover

As we await the deluge of new releases due in 2019, I thought I would revisit one that passed me by later on in 2018. Lavine is the sophomore effort from Swedish electronic producer David Elfström Lilja a.k.a Moist.

The whole album draws on a downbeat pop-EDM vibe that I’m sure would work well in the chill out areas over the summer on the Med’s party islands. Ultimately though, despite pretentions to something more that the sum of it’s whole, this piece of work will struggle to lift itself out of the crowded low-key pop-dance market filled with poppy, soft inoffensive female vocals.

There are some moments of quality in there. Saga may be the prelude to the album but offers some quiet, solo piano-based, spaced-out moments that promise much. Worlds Collide is a competent piece of EDM that shows why Moist is probably better know as a remixer rather than an artist in his own right. Firefly offers upon a relentless dirty bass-heavy synth track that rolls through the song and lifts it above some of the mediocrity around it.

However, those moments are few and far between and most of the album tracks are virtually indistinguishable from one another. Moist clearly has talent and a good ear for a pop tune – I just feel he needs to take a bit more of a chance with his next effort rather than sticking in the cosy aural cocoon he has constructed for himself.

Rating: 4.5/10

Standout track: Firefly

For fans of:

  • Robyn
  • Moby
  • Royksopp

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