EIGHT STONE PRESS
cd reviews - April 19, 2010
William P. Tandy
THE LOST PATROL – Dark Matter
As its title implies, the seventh album from New York's Lost
Patrol (and second with singer Mollie Israel) finds the band characteristically
digging ever-deeper into the darker recesses of the human psyche via reverb-soaked
surf guitar, lonesome 12-string rhythm and haunting female vocals.
The great potential Israel demonstrated on the band's last album,
2008's Midnight Matinée, has blossomed considerably on Dark Matter.
Here, her lilting voice fully inhabits the melodic twilight of tracks
such as "These Days", "Nobody There" and "Ever
But looks can be deceiving; indeed, beneath Israel's wan exterior
lurks latent, predatory muscle. "Now you keep me / Like a disease"
she wails over the menacing groove of "In Your Blood", like
an obsessively crazed ex capable of a whole lot more than flattening your
tires. This incarnation resurfaces later within the majestic gloom of
"Justine" (based on the de Sade character of the same name),
wherein Israel admits, "I love the way they tortured you, Justine".
Even the yé-yé-inspired bubblegum of "Before I Go"
has a decidedly dark cast about it.
On Dark Matter, the band has evidently found common footing given Israel's
underscored presence and the supporting roles in which bandmates Stephen
Masucci and Michael Williams have seemingly cast themselves. And while
this is most assuredly a good thing overall, the band's ardent long-time
fans may find themselves lamenting the absence of the soaring and mournful
instrumentals that Masucci and Williams brought to the Lost Patrol's earlier
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