I absolutely loved LELO’s last single ‘Breathing’ so I leapt at the chance of reviewing this. So before I get into the review first some information. This track features backing vocal from Leed’s band Marsicans.
This is dreamy, it takes you on a trip. It’s fuller in sound than ‘Breathing’ but it still has that simplicity, a sense that no sound is there unless it’s contributing to the track. It has, like ‘Breathing’, this atmosphere of calmness. It has a melody that gets into your skull, but then it has these quieter moments, moments of washes of sound that just feel calming. It sort of has, and I can think of no other way of saying this, a feeling of slow motion film.
There is one strange moment in this track – suddenly and for no reason I can think of there is is this rather strange sound. It sounds like a bird call. There is only one, it only happens once but for some strange reason it makes complete sense that it is there.
If somebody absolutely forced me to say what I thought influenced the sounds of this track I might mention a whole load of 80s synth bands but that wouldn’t be that fair because LELO has taken those, throw in a whole lot more, and what results is something that is very much original.
What I think this is is classic pop, pop that is crafted with skill and attention to detail. Pop that reminds me of those classic pop moments from way back when, when pop was considered to be a ‘valid art form’ and not just a throw away thing. Please understand that when I describe it as classic pop this is a compliment. I might even go as far as to say that this is damn near perfect.