Friday, May 11, 2012

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles

Add Date: May 8 

Artist: Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles 

Album: Heat 

Label: Periscope 

Genre: Folk rock, psych folk 

Comments: Heat, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles' fourth full-length album, showcases an intricate background of instrumentals woven through with Michelle's richly resonant voice singing meaningful, interesting lyrics. Most of all, Heat packs tremendous versatility; this seems to be a Greatest Hits album spanning decades of a band's musical experimentation as it matures.

The band's web site explains that many of the songs were written by Michelle during the harsh Minnesota winter of 2010. She must have used her creativity as an outlet to transport herself from the temporal isolation experienced in such extreme weather seasons. This transporting quality pervades the tracks of the album. From the promoter: "The band turned to MGMT and Beirut producer/engineer Matt Boynton… to create this latest psych-folk record that is sometimes evocative, often personal, and always beautiful."

Spin tracks 9, 11, 4, 7 and 8.

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