Sunday, November 1, 2015

Lucid Dreaming | Say Lou Lou

Ah, dreampop: that weird catch-all category for music that falls somewhere on the spectrum between synthpop and indie record store fuzz. Monstrous hooks and ear-catching melodies are few and far between here, but instead, the focus is aimed towards the overall use of a sonic space. Miranda and Elektra Kilbey-Jansson, the twin daughters of two musicians, are the newest players in the genre's arena, operating under the moniker Say Lou Lou. After releasing a string of singles throughout 2012, 2013, and 2014 and being short-listed for the BBC Sound of 2014, the twins dropped their full length debut album earlier this year.

With consistently impersonal lyrics and production that waves in and out of encompassing crescendos, Lucid Dreaming is a set of 11 tracks could have easily worked as a seamless 50-minute mix. The ladies achieve spacious soundscapes with tracks that boast intricately-crafted production and thrive on ambiance and gradual culmination. While nothing else on the record quite compares to opening number "Everything We Touch," each track, from the billows of "Julian" to the starry techincolor of "Glitter," is equally as meticulous as the next.

The album is a commendable affair, but it's best suited for passive listening. Thanks to its wispy vocals, straightforward lyrics, and honeyed glaze that blurs the separate tracks into a singular affair, the album suits its name well; it's encompassing and charismatic as it plays out in real time, but by the time you wake up from the haze, the recollection of its happening is glimmering yet nondescript. 

Lucid Dreaming is available now under á Deux and Cosmos Music.

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