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Most recent release, "Brother Against Brother" (single 2014); most recent full-length release, Future Past (2010)
Lovespirals official site
Mainly original material, with a few covers here and there [see: "You Girl" on Windblown Kiss]
After the final 1998 studio album, Flux, Love Spirals Downwards evolved into Lovespirals, with new collaborator, Anji Bee.
Recommended first album:
Wide in U.S.
Sean Bowley (Eden)
Opener "Oh So Long," with its late-night sax and Bee's torchy vocal is as far from a Projekt-sound as you can imagine. It's not until "He Calls Me" comes on that you recognize some of Lum's mainstays; shimmering guitars, an uncomplicated melody, and sweet female harmonies. Bee's touch, in addition to her voice, are lyrics that avoid Perry's obscurantist bent. "He Calls Me" is about as mystical as it gets. The thematic blending of the divine and the sexual recalls Lamb's "Gabriel." "Windblown Kiss," and the cover of the America song, "You Girl," flirt with—but never become—innocuous soft rock; interesting chord structures and complex harmonies forestall this. The conga-driven "Our Nights" is frothy and light like a frozen daiquiri, with bluesy guitar fills. Astrid Gilberto and the Captain and Tenille come to mind. It has the breezy feel of a tropical classic. Two songs are collaborations with Eden's Sean Bowley: "How the Thieves Ride," and "You are the Gun." With Bowley's Peter Murphy-meets Brendan Perry baritone and ponderous folk balladry, they are out of place on this collection. Good songs, but they break up the flow. A nod to the old Love Spirals Downwards is present in the dulcimer-driven nocturnal "Swollen Sea," with Bee sounding her most Suzanne Perry-like. With its slick production, and pleasant sounds, Windblown Kiss mostly succeeds in creating a moody make-out album. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The third Lovespirals album has an organic, really well-developed sound and Anji Bee's sensuous voice is in full bloom. "Caught in the Groove" is a languid, soft song that's as pleasant as a lazy summer day. The resigned words add some tension to it. "Once in a Blue moon" is dreamy and bluesy, Lum's guitar playing is great here. "Motherless Child" is a version of the oft-covered standard that works very well. Lovsepirals have made an impeccable album. (email@example.com)
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