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Lucille Furs — Lucille Furs
(Bandcamp no#, 2017, LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-01-17

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The world of psychedelic rock seems to be having a genuine Renaissance these days, with more groups than I can count putting out music, and luckily a lot of it is good. We’ve got everything from tripped-out power trios jamming on solid riffs to gentle neo-acid-folk and whatever is in between. Lucille Furs is a Chicago band leaning towards the more elaborate side of the genre — think Odessey and Oracle rather than Are You Experienced? A more contemporary comparison would be Syd Arthur. This debut album features 12 melodic tunes infused with many of the qualities that made the best of the late 60s so good. Appealing vocals, bouncy rhythms, and clever arrangements grace every tune. The guitars are mostly jangly, with tones that rarely range into fuzz. Keyboards are many and varied, from combo organ to harpsichord to Mellotron, and are often the star of the show. There are some lovely background vocals as well, with parts that answer and weave around the lead in ways that are lush without being fussy. Listening to these songs takes me back to the joy I got from hearing classics like “Incense and Peppermints,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” and “Time of the Season” back when I was a kid. The production is clean and straightforward without any modern tricks, clearer than actual 60s recordings, but retaining a live sound with a warm human touch. They also avoid any overt cliches like swirling phasing or echoes, letting the songs speak for themselves. With this debut, Lucille Furs have catapulted themselves to the upper reaches of modern psychedelic rock. Give it a try — maybe it will make you as happy as it makes me.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

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