Spir­i­tual Songs For Lovers To Sing

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - BRIAN KEANE


The back­story reeks of ro­mance: dis­en­fran­chised singer Ellery Roberts (the lar­ynx-shred­ding for­mer front­man of in­die rock hope­fuls WU LYF) finds a soul mate and kin­dred spirit in Dutch art stu­dent Ebony Hoorn; they form a band, de­velop a man­i­festo and write an al­bum trac­ing a me­taphor­i­cal jour­ney from he­do­nism to self-ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion. So far, so good. The prob­lem with their de­but isn’t call-to-arms an­thems I&I and Unites or the lay­ered rock of Lost Un­der

Heaven that’s equal parts nar­cis­sism and ni­hilism, but the brit­tle, bloated pro­duc­tion (hang your head The Haxan Cloak) that drowns the aw­ful club-pop of

Be­neath The Con­crete and $ORO in ham­mer-fisted bom­bast and robs mood-set­ters Some­day

Come and Lament of any sub­tlety. Less spir­i­tual depth, more shal­low sub­­ter­na­tional

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