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This LP was brandished in front of my startled face a couple of hours by our harried manic boss who breathlessly declared that “I don’t know what the fuck this is...it’s an album, Li’l Biz just put it in the pile, I don’t know why.” Thanks for the help there, Mr Phil. Well, It’s a clear vinyl twelve inch platter of that old shoegazey dreampop stuff that so many of you (especially the Scandinavian and Japanese community) love. Lockets are a M/F duo from Philadelphia and this, I suspect, is their debut.
As is par for the course here, I’ve begun with side two, its opener ‘Bitter Teeth’ sporting an addictive chiming riff that is so frustratingly familiar I think I may have to kill someone if I don’t twig the original source before I depart these walls for the weekend...it’s right on the tip of my brain. Yes, my mind is a quarry full of stinking rubbish, shiny murderous ravens and leaking batteries. The singer has one of those nonchalant/wistful/angelic girl-next-door voices that so suit this music. Their songs are rich with both a form of ponderous melancholia and an alarming array of well-worn yet utterly reliable pop hooks.
Some tracks definitely strive to impress more successfully than others and as their style isn’t exactly 100% original and approximately half to two-thirds of their melodies are shamelessly ransacked from the “archives”. I’m struggling to maintain a thoroughly impartial outlook over the duration of these eight songs. Like, I keep on thinking “Oh that one sounds a lot like @*~# until that synthetic forlorn guitar comes in then it sounds more like, um, $>~%”. They do appear to be like a mutant amalgamation of dozens of different groups but unlike many of today’s new breed, they’ve expertly blended these influences to kinda create a “Lockets sound” and despite my cynical heard-it-all-before type niggles there’s probably some real gems here for lovers of tear streaked ‘80s-drenched dream pop.
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