The Lylacs – “Imitation of Love”


The Lylacs thoroughly impress with their new EP, A New Age. A dreamy rock sound encompasses much of the release, with only “Echo Valley” veering into distorted alt-rock, for a nice change of pace. Opener “Imitation of Love” traverses on perky guitars and suave vocals to start. Rhythm guitars add a nice warmness past the one-minute mark, as the vocals assume a melodic glow. The gliding guitars continue to build throughout, nicely reminiscent of the band TOPS. “Imitation of Love” retains a sense of lushness while still conveying a briskly melodic pull, serving as a great opener. Another EP highlight is “Prayer,” which expands upon spacious synth pads with a sweeping, majestic vocal presence. It would sound at home at the Roadhouse on Twin Peaks. Both “Imitation of Love” and “Prayer” excel in showcasing The Lylacs’ strong atmospheric and melodic senses.

Stream “Prayer” and the rest of the EP below:

“Imitation of Love” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Indie Rock.

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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