Louis London

On Your Lips We Roared EP

Written by: LF on 16/02/2014 22:24:22

Louis London is an ambitious indie rock group from Australia and "On Your Lips We Roared" is their first EP. Sometimes bordering more on indie pop territory than rock, this band should appeal to you if you're into compositions that are grandiose but at the same time filled to the brim with intricate details and groovy improvisations. I might as well admit right now that I've grown to like this EP a whole lot because the music is incredibly good at setting a certain dual mood of melancholy and playfulness – and as it turns out it's one of those rare recordings that actually succeeds in making me want to dance around foolishly no matter what mood I'm in when I put it on which is not an achievement to overlook.

"Old L.A." starts out by painting an airy summer landscape with playful guitars and lighthearted whistling before unfolding the amazingly emotive singing of vocalist Ed Saloman. The music has a current of sadness running right under the surface all the time even as the guitars and the hummed vocals groove over the jazzy drum-rhythms seemingly without a care in the world. As mentioned this duality is what grips me, as the lyrics revolve around more serious things than what the effortlessly jammed music lets on in the first couple of tracks. The melodies swirl unpredictably throughout the EP and make every sung word seem like its coming spontaneously out of a place deep within the singer's heart, provoked into existence by the delicate sounds of the musical accompaniment. While I probably know every song of the EP by heart now, the most captivating of them all was from the beginning fourth track "Weaver" which begins after a haunting interlude. The song pours its heart out from the very first seconds, at times defiantly but always with a sense of immense sorrow in the intricate singing that flows and ebbs. This sorrowful feeling becomes even more intense in the following "Go Quietly" which sets a similar mood but at the same time stands out as it grounds the feeling in a stubborn drum-groove.

Last track "To the Edge and Back" connects the moods of the previous tracks and ends the spectacle on perhaps the most positive note overall that leaves the listener with a strange sense of optimism after this journey through different shades of melancholy. As such the effort is overall well composed and certainly worth a spin, but in my book Louis London is at their most impressive during their slower songs although I see the value of the band's ability to paint incredibly emotional landscapes even in their more up-beat songs.


Download: Go Quietly, Weaver, Old L.A.
For The Fans Of: Young the Giant, Cordrazine, Asobi Seksu, Hymns From Nineveh
Listen: facebook.com/louislondonband

Release Date 12.10.2012

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