Label: 1965 Records
For fans of: Echo & The Bunnymen, , Spandau Ballet, New Order,
Standout tracks: Waves, Tempatation, Bad Weekend, Mouthwash
Rating: [xrr rating=4/5]
Leicester brothers who make up Lusts Andy and James Stone revive the haunting essence of Echo & The Bunnymen into modern infectious and arresting indie pop – with their debut album Illuminations, out October 23rd on 1965 Records.
The grandiose synth spinners propel the darkness of 80s new wave into 2015. Pooling the gloom of Spandau Ballet together with contemporary indie sheen, Illuminations is for fans of New Order’s electronic textures to INHEAVEN’s and Hooton Tennis Club’s prevailing indie contagion. The band formulate catching melancholy that both lifts and consoles the soul.
Whooshing in dark-pop ‘Temptation’ resonates a New Order-esque beating gloomy indie swoon. Spinning in magnetic charisma, Lusts order our attention with the assertiveness of Brit-rock greats before them.
The pair’s latest single release ‘Waves’ sits on the record as the most propelling. Dark tangles of guitar are wrapped in the sparkling allure of a driving bass line and bends of cataclysmic synth. Combining an opaquely evocative instrumental vitality with a memorable indie hook, ‘Oh it’s the waves, it’s the waves, it’s the waves that bring you to me…’ sees a carefully formulated track to plague the listener into dancing.
‘Bad Weekend’ is the perfect cure to a detrimental end of the week. Crafting the Sunday night blues of a chaotically ran weekend into a so-be-it mentality, the Stone brothers converse a disastrous emotion into euphoria. With rattling guitar energy, Lusts motivate the feeling of a moody Sunday into a swirling Friday night.
Illumination’s final track ‘Mouthwash’ sees the pair ponder a haze of post-punk with a rising beat. Psychedelic intertwines with an indie groove, creating a transcendental upsurge.
With layers of enigmatic atmosphere, and driving guitar waves – you could be forgiven for thinking Illuminations is the creation of a larger five-piece band. Yet mere two-some Lusts prove that quantity is not always necessary for quality, as their debut LP lays an effective and thick glistening wash of bluesy consistence to elate the ears.
Nodding back to classic-songwriting and the gloomier pits of indie music, drawing from the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, Lusts prevail innovation in nostalgic resonance. The Leicester duo pushes the new wave into captivating modern realms with a stroke of jangly indie pop.
Who knew melancholia could feel so uplifting?