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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.

6.5/10

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

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5C-MjqtzgY[/youtube]

 

Single Review: exlovers – This Love Will Lead You On

 
By on Friday, 11th May 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Summer has pretty much had its foot completely in the door where I am, and it seems the perfect time to blast up some low-fi guitar tunes on a beach under the scorching sun. Here, exlovers’ new single, ‘This Love Will Lead You On’, combines low-fi guitar strumming with blush-inducing boy-girl harmonies.

The track starts very directly with no delay and dives straight into the core. The whole song evolves in a natural way as the lyrics’ narrative does the same, too. Its chorus is haunting and it floats around my brain for days, it also has a melody great for humming. Other than that, the uplifting line that is both the track’s title and chorus “this love will lead you on” just discharges the negativity in me completely.

It’s a pleasant track and also extremely radio-friendly. I believe given certain spins from various stations, this single shall be quite successful. With such a strong lead single, exlovers’ upcoming debut album is surely something to look out for.

‘This Love Will Lead You On’, the first single from exlovers’ debut album ‘Moth’, is available now.

7.5/10

 

Video of the Moment #696: exlovers

 
By on Monday, 30th January 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

The new exlovers video for ‘Starlight, Starlight’ is a series of grainy home videos strung together for a definite feeling of nostalgia. Watch it below. The band’s new album ‘Moths’ is set for a spring release, so stay tuned.

We offered the song as a previous MP3 of the Day freebie but that link has now expired; you can however still snag it for absolutely nothing on their official Web site.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQfKV9fknRU[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #449: exlovers

 
By on Thursday, 1st December 2011 at 10:00 am
 

exlovers are releasing a new album in the spring of 2012, and to drum up excitement, they’re giving away album track ‘Starlight Starlight’ absolutely free. Listen to and download it below.

 

MP3 of the Day #308: exlovers

 
By on Tuesday, 15th March 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Here’s a free download to exlovers‘s b-side to their latest single ‘Blowing Kisses’. It’s called ‘Moth-eaten Memories’ and to be honest, I like this a whole lot better than its A-side – brash and more in your face. Stream and download it below.

 

Video of the Moment #424: exlovers

 
By on Monday, 7th March 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

exlovers‘s new single, ‘Blowing Kisses’, comes out today on Young and Lost Club today and to celebrate it, why not watch the new promo video for the song below?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEioolLTZ58[/youtube]

 
 
 

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