ALBUM REVIEW: Labasheeda – Changing Lights

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ARTIST: Labasheeda

RELEASE: Changing Lights

RELEASE DATE: 18/05/15

RECORD COMPANY: Presto Chango Records

Changing Lights, the latest release from Labasheeda, is a prickly collection of songs that leaves the listener with a lot on their mind. The whole record is saturated with a spiky, unsettling feel a little like, maybe, Throwing Muses, with added hardcore edges. Saskia van der Giessen’s vocals are affecting throughout, at times lilting and lovely. But it’s when she’s at her snarliest that the sparks fly.

 

Opener Spiral Song, sets the angsty mood with a spare drum beat and wailing violin. The three-piece seem close to relaxing on On The Beach, with its almost (almost) slackerish vibe, but while the lyrics seem to say ‘everything feels alright’, there’s an undercurrent that suggests this might be a bit optimistic. Tightrope is as taut as the title suggests. Instrumental Into the Wide ends the album in a woeful whirl, with the violin taking centre stage while guitars growl in the background.

Changing Lights is out now – https://labasheeda.bandcamp.com/album/changing-lights

AUTHOR: Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr

LINKS:

Twitter.com/labasheeda1

labasheeda.nl

Facebook.com/Labasheedamusic

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