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Hinterland – LAST LEAVES: Other towns than ours (Matinée Recordings, 2017)

Other Towns Than Ours

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“When the Lucksmiths folded in 2009, fans of their brand of heartfelt, subtly beautiful indie pop no doubt shed many a tear. Some tears for the joy the band’s music brought them over the years, some in anticipation of there being no new music in the future. Well, weep no more, because three of the Lucksmiths decided to get back together and make more music as Last Leaves, and their debut album, Other Towns Than Ours, is just as lovely as the Lucksmiths‘ finest work. Songwriter and singer Marty Donald never stopped writing songs and when he had a decent batch built up, he called up bassist Mark Monnone and guitarist Louis Richter to see if they were game to give the music biz another whirl. With the addition of drummer Noah Symons, the band began working up a sound that had the warmth and tenderness of the Lucksmiths, but which added some muscle to the guitars.Richter and Donald whip up some serious noise throughout the album, either on furious guitar solos or the occasional chugging riff. It’s a shock to the system at first, hearing Donald‘s familiar voice and his usual lovelorn words, then having them blasted out of the room by some loud guitars. The opening tune, “Love and the World Well Lost,” is a perfect example of this and sets the scene very nicely for the rest of the album. Fans of the Lucksmiths‘ gentler side may feel that the guitars are too much, but those who don’t mind their pop a little on the scrappy side might find that they add some welcome punch to the typically winsome melodies and melancholy feelings. These adventurous fans will find, too, that Donald has written a strong batch of songs, like the rollicking “Other Rivers” and “Third Thoughts,” that conjure up the outskirts of the city where they were written, sweet ballads that rely on quiet arrangements and Donald‘s unadorned vocals (“The Last of the Light,” “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”) and few that legitimately rock in a way the Lucksmiths never did (“The World We Had,” “Something Falls”). Last Leaves are a near-perfect sequel to the Lucksmiths — keeping all the things that made them so special and adding some new wrinkles — and Other Towns Than Ours is a wonderful introduction to their new direction” (All Music)

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23 junio, 2018 Posted by | Last Leaves | Deja un comentario

Pastelitos – LAST LEAVES: Others towns than ours (Matinée Recordings, 2017)

Other Towns Than Ours CD/LP

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El último lanzamiento de Matinée Recordings es este álbum de los australianos LAST LEAVES, banda que surge de las cenizas de The Luckimiths. Todo un ejercicio del mejor Pop con referencias al sonido de las antípodas, y al mejor C86 (las influencias de The Pastels son inevitables). Sonido fresco y de fácil asimilación hacen de este Others towns than ours, su álbum de debut, un disco sólido y de recomendada escucha.

“A few years after the break-up of much-loved Australian indie stalwarts The Lucksmiths, three quarters of the band quietly got together again as Last Leaves. With songwriter and guitarist Marty Donald assuming vocal duties alongside longtime collaborators Louis Richter (guitar) and Mark Monnone (bass), and joined by drummer extraordinaire Noah Symons (Great Earthquake), they began work on a body of songs that – a few years later again – finally finds release in their remarkable debut album ‘Other Towns Than Ours’.
It’s been worth the wait. The ten songs here showcase a band already at the top of its game, from the perfect fuzz pop of first single ‘The World We Had’ and the irrepressible jangle of ‘Something Falls’ to darker moments like mesmeric closer ‘Where I Lived and What I Lived For’ and the downbeat Silver Jews swagger of ‘The Nights You Drove Me Home’ (“the past is just a single-star motel/It’s nowhere you should dwell/A room to rest awhile”) (Press Note)

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17 noviembre, 2017 Posted by | Last Leaves | Deja un comentario


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