Released: 12 Mar 2021
Label: Philophobia Music
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The Lodger, from West Yorkshire UK, are a new discovery for me. They had a few albums in the 00s but somehow they passed me by. Judging from their new album, its hard to see why.
Their sound is reminiscent of late 80s/90s indie pop with hints of The Lightning Seeds, Teenage Fanclub e.t.c. It opens with 'Black and White' a gorgeous love song, with superb harmonies and strong hooks. 'Dual Lives' has hints of electronic and again the hooks and melodies are memorable. There are also hints of New Order. It sounds like it could have been a radio hit any time 80s onwards.
My favourite here is 'Wasting My Time With You' a beautiful ballad. The harmonies are wonderful and it will have you listening to it on repeat.
Other highlights here include 'Stop That Girl!' which also sounds like an indie disco classic. Again, it is very catchy. 'No, No, No' is more melodic jangle of the highest standard.
It ends on 'My Poor Mind' which has more country vibes and melancholic lyrics - 'I feel I'm going backwards like a car that's in reverse. And I try so hard but I always make things worse.'
A superb album and one of my favourites of the year so far. Highly recommended.