LOVING – “The Not Real Lake”


LOVING’s gorgeous eponymous debut release presents a laid-back alternative lo-fi sound, its stylistic approach reminding me fondly of Little Joy’s 2008 eponymous debut. Similarly to that, lush guitar lines float breezily over spaced-out vocals, providing a summery and easily immersive listening experience nicely exemplified by the track “The Not Real Lake”. It’s understated at first, though cohesive melodic elements – like the guitar crawl just past the one-minute mark and percussive halt at 01:43 – help bring out a refreshing structural direction and overall irresistible vibe.

This trio from Victoria, BC is quite excellent. Stream their immensely enjoyable release in full below:

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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