Lemon Knife – ‘Ignite!’

Chicago-based husband/wife duo Lemon Knife concoct a dynamic rock appeal throughout Ignite!, an album crafted as a commemoration to their wedding anniversary.

Their alternating vocal performances coincide with a commendable range, from the lusher post-punk nostalgia of “Extremely Bizarre Love Triangle” to the rousing rock theatrics of the opening title track. Punk, prog-rock, riot grrl, and beyond are touched upon throughout the entertaining listening experience, also bolstered by a colorful lyrical flair — emphasizing topics as diverse as shark attacks, historical figures, and “apocalyptic astronomy.”

Ignite! has a variety of highlights. “Kirkwald in a Day” is particularly exemplary of their eclectic strengths. Creeping guitar jangles and subdued vocals are joined by sporadic bursts of vocal emotion. Jazzy bass lines provide a hypnotic underlying to the eerie rock feeling.

Guitarist/vocalist Mia Blixt-Shehan excels on dreamier efforts like this, while drummer/vocalist John Retterer-Moore invigorates with a more punk-friendly raucousness — evident on tracks like “Haircut” and “Grow Old in Maine.” Ignite! is a compelling rock journey that succeeds in both serene introspection and punk-ready ardency.

“Extremely Bizarre Love Triangle” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

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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