HOT PRESS ALBUM REVIEW: LIE INS ‘DEATH TO LIE INS’

9 04 2013

Here’s a reprint of my review of the ace Lie Ins record that ran in Hot Press a few issues ago. Check out the album here http://lie-ins.bandcamp.com/album/death-to-lie-ins

 

LIE INS

Death To Lie Ins (Self-Released)

Three and a half stars

Key Track: ‘I Hide My Love In Evening Time’

POPICAL ISLAND MEN OFFER SOME MUCH-NEEDED SONIC SUNSHINE.

Master-minded by Popical Island men Mike and Ruan, Death To Lie Ins is the debut album from the duo under the Lie Ins guise and for the most part it’s a bright, breezy and much-needed injection of sonic sunshine which serves as a perfect antidote for those of you suffering from a dose of the (seemingly never-ending) winter grumps (which is pretty much all of you, obviously). Unashamedly twee and featuring 11 songs with a lo-fi, live feel, the release adopts a “don’t bore us, get to the chorus” approach and it’ll have you singing along after your first spin.

Indebted to the likes of Violent Femmes, Elvis Costello and Tyrannosaurus Rex-era Marc Bolan (the break-neck, boogie-tinged tour de force that is ‘Universal Truth’ in particular has a high-pitched whooping chorus which sounds just like the dearly departed musician’s early work) Lie Ins’ album is all about the good times and great melodies. However, as much fun as the shuffling ‘Vegetarian Girls,’ and space-y, stomping ‘The Low Men’ are, the more measured, almost maudlin ‘I Hide My Love In Evening Time’ is the undeniable stand-out.

Featuring a beautiful flute arrangement that calls to mind that wonderfully wistful theme tune for Robin and Rosie Of Cockleshell Bay and a vocal performance that is endearingly awkward, the song is an under-stated classic in waiting.

EDWIN McFEE

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