♬ Lemolo – The Kaleidoscope
The opportunities offered in the recording studio can often prove too much for a young band, especially a smaller band with limited options in what they’ve been able to create in the live setting. I’ve seen a lot of younger duos head into the studio with a great set of clean songs only to walk out with a series of overproduced and overtreated recordings that are often better off in the long run just tossed out – never to be heard.
On The Kaleidoscope, the first full-length studio release from Lemolo, the duo expands on their sound without drowning the character of their EP & singles or the charm of their live performances. Hazy keyboards support Megan Grandall’s breathy & dreamy vocals and her newly added backing vocal tracks appear sporadically when they can add something new & fresh, supporting but never overwhelming. Well-placed layers of reverb-laden & delayed guitar tracks are driven by Kendra Cox’s sparse but purposeful percussion.
I know that someone will call me out on this, so I’ll just go ahead and say it… I was really hoping that Lemolo would kick it up a notch and energize their sound in the studio à la Phantogram or School of Seven Bells, but I think it says something about the honesty & integrity of their music that Lemolo was able to remain true to their sound through their studio sessions. This is really a VERY impressive debut LP.