Louise Aubrie – “Masterstroke”

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Splitting time between NYC and her hometown London, Louise Aubrie creates a very engaging sound rooted in rock and post-punk — with additional pop sensibilities that make most of her material quite radio-friendly, despite their laudably consuming atmosphere and overall sharpness. This past March she recorded her new album, Late 44, at the famous Abbey Road Studios, with some industry veterans like Tom Edwards (Adam Ant), Joe Holweger, David Ruffy (The Ruts, Adam Ant, Dexy’s Midnight Runners) and Boz Boorer (Morrissey, The Polecats). James Knight (The Kooks, Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding) handled production.

The result, which can be streamed in full below, is an anthemic and infectious assortment of tracks that tout a well-polished delivery. Prioritizing both the moodiness and rhythmic force of post-punk and the contagious aspects of British rock and pop, tracks like the peppy “Winter Dolour” and the opening “Masterstroke” show Aubrie’s astute tendencies as a songwriter (she writes all her own material). The latter is a particularly impressive track with a darkly suave tinge of mystery, thanks to the slick guitar-led production. It’s a very solid track on an equally impressive album.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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