LOU RHODES

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

The yes and eye ★★★ Nude

Lou Rhodes fol­lows a folkie star when she’s not pro­vid­ing vo­cal sub­stance to Lamb’s elec­tronic beats. At first it seems that her fourth solo al­bum is work­ing to a fa­mil­iar arc, as the sweet voice chimes and coos its way through some cliched hip­pie sub­ject mat­ter. But it’s the charged na­ture of the mu­sic that really com­mands the set­ting. Co-pro­duc­ers Si­mon Byrt and Rhodes coat the strings and key­boards with ghostly, spooked, other-worldly ambience and at­mo­spher­ics. It makes for a much dif­fer­ent and much more charged lis­ten, with Rhodes’s voice work­ing magic in cre­at­ing psych-rich, twisted, wonky tales through­out. All the Birds and

Them are good snap­shots of Rhodes’ re­freshed ap­proach, while a cover of The xx’s An­gels turns its orig­i­nal ur­ban min­i­mal­ism into a lovely pas­toral hymn. lourhodes.com

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