Album Review: exlovers – Moth

By on Thursday, 19th July 2012 at 3:30 pm

‘Moth’ is the latest album by London band exlovers, and it’s packed with 10 guitar-based tracks. The album starts nicely with two singles, ‘Starlight, Starlight’ and ‘This Love Will Lead You On’, both romantic and sweet. They are very catchy, featuring sing-along choruses. They also set the tone of the album, gently reminding you that summer is really here. ‘Emily’ is a long (5 minute) track but you probably will not realise the time has passed when listening to the track. The guitar on this track goes so well with the vocals, so much as if hand in glove. The track changes from being heavy on vocals at the beginning to plain instrumental in the end.

The next track ‘Just A Silhouette’ is light and refreshing, especially when contrasted with the preceding track. The guitar intro is quite jingle-like and the whole song alternates between bursts of vocals and instrumental. It is a short and light song, very suitable for brisk, short strolls in the shade during summertime. ‘Unlovable’ is another long track, featuring a duet from Pete and Laurel of the band, their voices harmonising. It’s slow-paced and has quite a waltz-like beat, making it ideal for summertime garden dancing. Ballrooms are overrated!

I find myself agreeing to parts of the lyrics to ‘You Forget So Easily’ (“I know that you forget so easily/ I know the future doesn’t favour me”) and ‘The Ruins’ ( “I know that all I did was disappoint you/ yeah I know that all I did was disappoint you” and most of exlovers’ lyrics do sing out the stories of many. Coming in between the two, ‘You’re So Quiet’, is by no means quiet but instead rather ardent, with he drums fast and guitars strummed loudly. Finally, bonus track ‘Moth-eaten Memories’ ends the album with a lot of powerful guitar playing.

As a whole, ‘Moth’ is very guitar-centred and sounds a bit low-fi at times. It also seems to be clouded by a tiny sense of dreaminess thanks to their music being soft rock and also to the weather. All the songs sounds good to the ears, and so are the lyrics. The album is very easy tolisten to, but there is a lack of highlights in here, so ‘Moth’ isn’t memorable.


‘Moth’, the new album from exlovers, is out now on Young and Lost Club. Watch the band-directed video for ‘Emily’ below.


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