CD Reviews - May 13, 2013
NYC’s The Lost Patrol has labored for many years to gain
the following they have gathered over three consistently excellent quality
releases. Over the periods of 2008 until now, the band has reached into
the legacy sound of Cocteau Twins to craft their own jangly and dreamy
potion of songs that easily can gain your attention.
Consisting of Mollie Israel, the steamy and skilled voice behind every
experimented style the band undertakes, and Stephen Masucci, and Michael
Williams, who both take on the complete duties of fashioning the brilliant
music that complements the vocals of Israel, The Lost Patrol, on their
fourth album have surpassed any previous work with ease.
Driven, the name of the newest album, contains twelve songs.
One of the most adventurous tunes is “Just Go”, a complete
departure from the rest of the album. ”Just Go” is a jazz
song with Mollie Israel channeling Bessie Smith. The song, although completely
different than anything else you will hear on the album, doesn’t
throw off any momentum. Instead, it expands on the style the band has
largely adhered to for the previous three releases. And this is a good
thing as it indicates the band’s willingness to try new things,
But for fans of The Lost Patrol’s usual style, which easily bring
to mind past bands like Mazzy Star, and instrumentally, Cocteau Twins,
there are still plenty of those dream-pop style of songs within Driven.
“Spinning”, the lead-off track will not disappoint with its
strong, and I mean STRONG sense of Cocteau Twins, as is the later “Tell
Me”, eight songs deep. The second song, “All Tomorrow’s
Promises”, sneaks into Gothic territory with Mollie Israel’s
vocals a thing of beauty. All twelve tracks, especially “Little
Black Kitten”, the stylish ’60s-styled guitars that make up
“See You In Hell”, and the psychedelic Cocteau Twins’
like gem, the closer cut, “Disguise”.
I don’t always say this but Driven is a listenable affair from beginning
to end, which makes The Lost Patrol one of those rare bands with a unique
ability to produce a string of songs to catch your fancy. In essence,
there’s not a bad song on this investment-worthy album by an excellent
and evolutionary band, maturing well with every new album release. Driven
is a perfect followup to 2011's Rocket Surgery.
I definitely recommend a date with Mollie Israel with her latest swagger.
Of course, the guys have to tag along. But that’s ok because The
Lost Patrol are a cool band indeed. Thanks, NYC for yet another reason
to love your bands.
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