Review of the self-titled album from The Long Lost.
The husband wife duo. There's a lot to be said for keeping it in the family, but sometimes it doesn't work. Ike & Tina, Sonny & Cher made some great stuff together, but it all got abit much. Here we see Arthur and Laura Darlington, The Long Lost to you and me, high school sweethearts turned musicians. Arthur has been kicking around for some time now as Daedelus, releasing warped electronics with a penchant for interesting rhythms and percussion. Laura has been on the block before too, working with Flying Lotus, among others. The Long Lost, this self-titled debut, sees things take a much calmer foundation. Melting jazz and folk with an intuitive sense of its own fragility.
Its evident from the start, 'The Art of Kissing', that the Darlington's have created a much more intimate and delicate affair than their previous outings. Arthur's production skill is still very recognisable, but it's not nearly as brash, or avant guard. That's by no means a bad thing. It gives space for the tender introspective vocals of the wife, though Arthur chips in every now and again. 'Amiss' the first single from the album is a more upbeat affair, but only slightly. Chopped up vocals accompany the soft shuffle of the rhythm and gentle plucked guitar. A great choice for the first single. Instantly accessible, with a keen sense of pop writing. Cleverly done. Guitar remains, for the most part, the steadiest part of the Long Lost sound. Often lead meandering among skittish beats, clicks, bleeps and classic movie soundtrack style samples that make for a very interesting concoction, though sometimes, rarely, but sometimes clumsy. A die hard fan would later tell you that they meant to leave the mistakes in as to avoid sounding too polished, but for me, it just seems abit sloppy.
My other gripe with this album, is that the vocals just seem to dither. You'll have all the fun of structured verses and choruses but then they will become repetitive to the point of annoying. I've not quite got past this yet, but I'mm willing to keep trying.
Aside from parts of the album that seem a tad, lets say rushed. The Long Lost is a window into a parallel universe that is perpetually stuck in the 1950's. It's nice. Easy listening for the twitchy glitch freaks of today..