Guadalajaran kraut/psyche-rock duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete manage to blow some of the cobwebs away, re-energise and bring grit back to the genre with Balance, literally. La Distinción sonically paints a world where Tarantino directed Austin Powers with big band psychedelic groove meeting mexican stand-off like tension.
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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete make light psych rock for pure hearts. Their music might get fuzzy, but only insofar as your heart might after a nice compliment. The distortion is bright and joyous, the melodies are nice and sweet and the synths are a treat. There is, occasionally, a kinda industrial drumbeat (damnit, “Ching”), but we’ll ignore that for the sake of this paragraph’s general narrative thrust and say that this record is to be enjoyed by fans of Ulrika Spacek and Broadcast -- a slightly weird, occasionally off-kilter record that’s otherwise quite right for the sunshine.
“Balance” is one of the year’s loveliest openers, a beaming synth chord laid over some extra melodies and a jangling bit of guitar that seems to be enjoying proceedings just fine. From therein, please enjoy the grab-bag of inventive ways to have a nice time: “The Sound of All Things” uses stuttering electronics and outdoorsy field squawkings to create a sort of laboratory-generated nature drone that eventually curves into a proper distorted rock groove, reminding me of Cryptograms-era Deerhunter with its warped nostalgia pop. Distortion takes the lead on “La Distinction”, where off-beat guitar chords provide a lovely bit of dynamic respite from the weirdo psych antics.
It’s a nice mix of pretty soundscaping, old-school game synth bleat and vintage-as-new rock antics -- it sounds like Lorelle Meets The Obsolete are in love with psych rock bands who are in love with older rock bands, embedding a peculiar type of meta into the dreamy melodies of “Waves Under Shadows”. It should appeal to anyone who enjoys emotive rock, pushed slightly out of position.
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