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LOVELAWS LOVELEAKS/CARO­LINE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL, OUT 18 MAY

Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - VIC­TO­RIA SEGAL

Warpaint mem­ber strikes out alone.

It’s im­pos­si­ble to fault Theresa Way­man’s com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing a mood of anaes­thetised alien­ation on her solo de­but un­der the name TT: Lovelaws un­rav­els from a place of muted mis­ery, where drowsy beats and ab­stracted vo­cals co­a­lesce. Yet the span be­tween dreary and dreamy isn’t al­ways that wide and Lovelaws can fall into the washed-out goth-pop gap be­tween the two. There are mo­ments that bril­liantly show­case her way with an at­mos­phere – the clot­ted ex­ot­ica of Safe, the bed­room-eyes smoul­der of Tu­to­rial, the in­dus­trial clank of The Dream – but Lovelaws feels like an act of in­tro­spec­tion that’s gone too far, one that might have ben­e­fit­ted from a breath of fresh air, a trip out­side its head. Lis­ten To: Tu­to­rial | The Dream

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