Thursday 21 March 2013

Lizard Kisses - Loving Creatures

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You generally know what to expect from a release on the fab Wee POP! label (and if you don't, then you can probably guess) and their latest by Booklyn duo Lizard Kisses doesn't disappoint. Formed in 2010, they've already released a handful of singles and cassettes, very much adhering to their DIY ethics, they even press their own cassettes and make the artwork themselves. So you know a lot of love has gone into each copy. This loving care and attention, naturally, stretches to their songs too. You will have been waiting to hear the word indiepop, so there it is, but in this case we'd maybe even call them minimal indiepop, as this isn't Spectorish production of enveloped in fuzz.

The melodies come from the 60s girl group school of songwriting though, and are beautifully sung with simple guitar and drums backing. 'The Storm' shares its record collection with The Raveonettes, something that's never a bad thing; 'Over And Over' is a broken-hearted ode to lost love that's stunningly pretty; on 'Blue You' they change their sound just a touch, almost turning the song into a surf ballad circa 1963, which is, of course, wonderful to hear; finishing with the skeletal 'Bones' which talks of dreams despite not being able to sleep, it could be an indie 7" from thirty years ago. There's not much more to say other than this is a simply magnificent collection of lo-fi love songs that dream of a different era.

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