Kitchen recording sessions, acoustic instruments, introspective lyrics – it all makes sense. If you can get over the rustic and ‘downer’ aspects of these songs there is a lot of appreciate.
This is a curious record, an interesting amalgamation. Lower Plenty are a Melbourne four piece made up of experienced muso’s who have found time over the past two and a bit years to put together Life/Thrills, their third album as a unit.
Straight off the bat, I wasn’t sure what to think. It’s a very low-key record, almost a collection of demos rather than fleshed out songs, but it’s what they chose to go with. It’s an interesting stylistic approach but one that took some getting used to, personally.
Life/Thrills is a grower, especially for those used hearing different noise from these guys in their other guises (UV Race, Deaf Wish, Total Control, etc.) Suburban malaise and considerate reflection saturates each note – a common thematic element of the current generation of contemporary Australian folk-pop (do not say ‘dolewave, do not say ‘dolewave’). Sparse percussion and acoustic guitar work well, seemingly recorded in tight spaces where the noise can soak and the lyrics can stand alone, without being washed out or overwhelmed; although the instrumentation is minimal in parts it still feels vibrant.
Life/Thrills was put together over 2012/2013, created and arranged in small intimate sessions. Obviously it is an album thought out with care but wasn’t one with a deadline, no one hurried with this and that’s pretty cool. I think what made it difficult for me at first was that it did sound thrown together; but that is the vibe that I think they were going for. Kitchen recording sessions, acoustic instruments, introspective lyrics – it all makes sense. If you can get over the rustic and ‘downer’ aspects of these songs there is a lot of appreciate. Experimentation is the spice of life and this one does manage to set itself apart from recent releases.
Songs ‘Life/Thrills’ and ‘On The Beach’ are definite highlights of the record and ones that will be revisited. As for the rest of the record, it’s growing on me, sure. I don’t know how much more it will grow, though. We’ll see. In the end, this album is a solid addition to the pile of music coming out this year and a good choice for the ever growing Bedroom Suck roster.