Lydia: Paint it Golden

Remember when I said back in this entry that the band The Cinema I was reviewing had a member that was from another band? That other band is Lydia – and the band we’re going to be diving into today!

This band’s history seems almost as tumultuous as the history of the Eagles. Reading about the bands I’m writing about always fascinates me, but I don’t think I’ve seen a past like this one. Apparently there was a pretty big split in 2010, a farewell tour, but then this album was released this year – but only two of the original members of the band remain for this album. I’m going to have to take a listen to the older stuff to see how the change was. For now, I’m just excited to listen to this album in its entirety.

Hailey starts the record off, and while Leighton Antelman fronts this band, as well, his voice is familiar, but the band has a totally different feel to it. This song is a beautiful, slow enchanting start to the record.

Dragging Your Feet In The Mud really shows the differences between the bands. Lydia makes more of a musical thump on your head with all the guitars, drums, and keyboards that mix together to swirl the beautiful music. Antelman’s voice nearly reminds me of Mew, and that can never be a bad thing. The lyrics to this song are riveting: Yeah, don’t ever say you have it, thinking like that can be tragic. So let me take it from the start and how you fell apart, yeah how it all went from “perfect” to “throw it all and let’s burn it.”

I really like the whole feel of Best Nights. It’s a song that plays a video in my head because it plays such a great story. You know that moment when something slips out of your mouth when you’re arguing with someone and your blood runs cold as soon as it comes out because you already regret it? This song is basically that moment between your mouth closing and feeling the ice in your blood.

I found myself looking up the majority of the lyrics to these songs as I was listening. They are skilled in the lyrical department. I’ll Bite You takes the cake in this category though – I was singing along before I was one listen through.

A close second in the amazing lyrics department is Ghosts: I want nothing but you, dear. This band knows what’s up.

Birds is the longest song on the album, clocking in at nearly five minutes, and wraps up the ten-songer in a graceful way – almost as graceful as it came in. This song has more instrumentation than some of the other songs, but the music is so good that I didn’t even notice the lack of vocals for a while. This is a solid record and will go into my rotation, and I will definitely be scoping this band’s earlier records. You should, too.
Key tracks:
I’ll Bite You (track 6)
Ghosts (track 8)
Dragging Your Feet In The Mud (track 2)

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