Here’s one for fans of 70s glam rock – Bowie, T. Rex – as expressed by acolytes in the 80s (The Cure), the 90s (Suede) and the 00s (Dandy Warhols). Lostdog in Loveland might be a bit under the radar but a tidy discovery for those in the know.
It’s not too difficult to spot the influences in the individual songs themselves and that’s probably the whole point of the exercise.
Both the band and its audience are in on the homage and Now is an easy album to warm up to – the songs slide effortlessly into the mind, caressing the pleasure centres with the right emphasis on melodies, arrangements and vocal idiosyncrasies
For instance, Robert Smith is evoked on “Tonight, Is It?”, while Brett Anderson shows up on “So Distant” and Bowie’s distinctive manner surfaces on the title track.
Immensely enjoyable and definitely plugging a gap in the modern rock landscape – where most indie rock bands are still transfixed on shoegaze – a glorious paean to a musical style that resonates still!
… still there’s more …