Lapalux: Lustmore (Brainfeeder)
2 x LP / CD / DL
Lustmore is Lapalux’ s latest album to be released via the always interesting Brainfeeder label. Simon Tucker reviews for Louder Than War.
Travelling through Lustmore you get a real sense of atmosphere and intent. Over the course of its 13 tracks there’s the feeling that Lapalux has a desire to be heard by the mainstream whilst trying to keep one foot in the more surrealistic side of electronica.
Opener, U Never Know (feat. Andreya Triara) paints a technicolor and seductive opener and sneaks up on you with a vocal that warns of a love exploding and the doubt that can creep in to your mind, hoping and praying that it will work out but aware that the hope may be futile. Near the end of U Never Know a factory beat stutters and spits into life adding a grey dystopian element that is visceral in its effect.
Sun Body and Closure (feat. Szjerdene) then swirl into focus with the former’s pulse and whisper adding an innately danceable feel to the album and the latter’s modern soul music oozes sexuality. These two songs represent a high point on the album as they walk the line perfectly between rhythm and heart.
Unfortunately, the rest of Lustmore does not fare as well as songs like Midnight Peelers, Bud, and Don’t Mean A Thing all pass by aimlessly without any real sense of purpose or belonging and would be served better on a separate release as they do not seem to fit in with the rest of Lustmore’s world.
Happily, it’s not all negativity as there are some true classics here in the form of Push N’ Spin (glitchy electronica and the one track on the album that sits nicely with the rest of the Brainfeeder catalogue); Puzzle (warped synths, swamp bass, and drift Jazz); 1004 (dreamy) and Funny Games (an incredibly well structured piece that lulls you in softly before speeding into a deliciously chaotic and messy twist and crunch).
Lustmore acts like a bridge between the more out-there releases on the Brainfeeder label and the more commercial side of electronica. It has a rich, modern soul feel that’s dreamy and sensual and whilst it may not be perfect, there’s enough on the album to enjoy and excite and most certainly to make Lapalux an artist well worth keeping a keen eye on.
All words by Simon Tucker, find his Louder Than War archive here.