American/French act LUX The Band drop atmospheric sophomore album GRAVITY, a 10-track collection of bluesy folk/rock blend sounds built upon on their trademark “velvet rock” sensibilities. Balancing powerful vocals with smooth acoustic and electric guitar lines broken up by punchy percussion, the vibrant album follows up on their debut album Super 8 in a brilliant encapsulation of the different facets of the band’s musicality.
Opening with intensity of “A Son of Sam,” before unveiling their prowess with guitars on introspective number “The Actor,” and into the dreamy psychedelics of “Gravity,” album immediately establishes sonic diversity, which they carry on throughout the body of work.
From a heartfelt ode to John Lennon on “The Ballad of John,” with its 80s English pop vibe to the country-tinged, Americana-influenced production “Jailor,” and the funky groove of “The Score,” GRAVITY constantly surprises listeners with a seamlessly combination of timeless and modern soundscapes.
“Around The Sun,” and “Lullaby,” both hinge on something familiar, weaving around Lux’s folk and velvet rock elements before ending on the impactful and haunting “ Did You Hear They’re Talking About The End Of The World Again,” in perfect and final showcase of the band’s ability to explore the sentiments and details of life and matters of the heart through their ever-evolving craft.
Having begun as a duo and now blossoming as a quartet, LUX The Band, swerve into a new and exciting era in their musical journey – this latest album forming a solid basis of bigger things to come.