Monday, July 30, 2007

Don't Sleep On Lucky Soul

A month or two ago an album came out that if released a year earlier would have likely been widely covered and treated like the gem it is. You see that time last year the bloggers were begining to faun over the Pipettes, El Perro Del Mar's debut was being hailed as an indie pop gem, but these albums and performers ran their course and by the time Lucky Soul released their excellent new album The Great Unwanted, the post modern girl group style indie pop "craze" had run it's course.

This is a sad developement for a band who's songs pack a substantially greater emotional impact than the (in my not so humble opinion) abysmal Pipettes and packs more music might then the occasionally too hushed dreamyness of EPDM. The album is awash in reverb and horns and teenage melodrama with an adult sense of self. The melodies are not overly indebted to their retro touchstones. In stead of pure homage Lucky Soul approach their music with a sense of personal inventiveness and a clear sense of themselves.

Upon it's release this album was declared Recomended by Pitchfork, sadly that "distinction" is terribly fleeting as the album (like many of the others) was quickly brushed aside by a steady march of quality indie releases. I felt like now was a good time to reremind anyone who missed this one the first time around to run out and download or (egads!) purchase the album. Check out their MySpace too.

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