When it comes to music purchases, there’s a few things I can’t resist and will inevitably cause me to spend my hard earned $$ with hardly a second thought…
- Low and/or one-off production runs
- Nifty packaging
- Self-released CDs
Any one of them may pique my interest, combine all three and it’s virtually guranteed I’ll be suckered in. Well, assuming the music is to my liking. Recent purchase Las Olas by Irish duo Low Sea gets bonus points for the artwork on their awesome debut, released a few months ago.
It might not be the most elaborate packaging around, but for my money (a very modest €9.95 which included P&H) it sure is nice and effective. 😉
But enough about the pretty, Low Sea create some great music, too.
Las Olas is a swirl of lo-fi shoegaze, new wave, post-punk, dream pop and electronica, with a bit of ethereal, fuzzy psychedelia added to the mix, and for the most part the combo is measured just right. Influences, or camparisons to, have included such artists as Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3, but I’d like to add in a smidge o’ The Cure and – every now and then – some old school Transvision Vamp.
Leading track for the album is Never Yours (which, if you’re so inclined, can be downloaded for free via Pitchfork), a track that builds slowly, steadily and distantly – a bit like you’re listening to the song underwater, with the sound gradually rising from the depths until it near smacks you in the face with the disdainful tone of the lyrics – it’s cooler than it sounds, trust me. Other notable highlights for me are Couldn’t Help Myself, Save My Soul and Sidewalk.
All in all, I think Low Sea have chosen a particularly appropriate name – I urge you to immerse yourself into their slightly murky depths where you can drift happily on waves of etheral, dreamy noise, all the while bobbing your head to the consistent rhythm, and every now and then you’ll get rocked. 😉
Visit their online shop to buy that nifty, limited edition CD version.
Or buy the album in MP3 format from CD Baby. (Also available on iTunes).