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reviews - September 2009
I can't believe that I've never heard of The Lost Patrol until
they asked to send in a CD for possible review.
This band is so utterly up my alley.
Right from the first few notes of the album's
kick off ("On the Run") and I was more than intrigued. I heard
both surf music and Echo & the Bunnymen in the full bodied guitar.
I wanted to hear more. Other 80s bands come to mind when listening to
this collection: vocalist Mollie Israel evokes the Pet Shop Boys' Neil
Tennant on "Colours Turn Grey", elements reminiscent of INXS
appear here and there.
But "Midnight Matinée"
has more up its sleeve than 80s nostalgia. There is a lushness found on
these songs (especially "Blue Lullabies") that is tropical,
Hawaiian. Mollie's vocals border on the ethereal but they're stronger
and more human than that. Listening to "Distance" you can hear
the ghosts of goth *AND* country.
I found this album more than addictive, it's
~seductive~. Every time I put it on I was lured to it, pulled from away
from whatever I was doing to pay attention to the music. This may be rock
on the quieter side but it holds my attention all the more for its restraint.
Mark me down as a fan of The Lost Patrol and their echo-drenched,
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