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Spritzer - Love. Lies. Decay.

by Joseph Majsterski Rating:7 Release Date:2018-04-27
Spritzer - Love. Lies. Decay.
Spritzer - Love. Lies. Decay.

Spritzer has just dropped their debut album, Love. Lies. Decay., and it's a successful piece of work for the most part. They come off as something of a throwback indie rock band initially, sounding like they came out of the early 2000s. I'm reminded in particular of the Danish group Bauer, who have a similarly upbeat and breezy style. But Spritzer also gets more ambitious than just indie rock in a lot of places, making this an interesting and varied listen. Horns in particular show up all over the place, adding depth to many of the songs.

Lead track 'Little Mystery' is a triumphant morsel of pop delight, with a quietly propulsive beat that pushes the jangly guitars and breathy vocals along nicely. Horns and glittery synth splashes fill in and smooth out the grittiness. It's an incredibly strong opening, but also a deceptive one, as it's the purest genre-obeying tunes on offer here. Most of what follows strays from the path of standard indie. 'Sad Clown', for example, breaks away into something quite different, with heavy use of an organ. Initially this is a good thing, giving that wonderful soulful feeling well done organ always creates, but they overdo it in the latter portion of the song, with an overly flashy solo. It's one of the set's few missteps.

The album features a good amount of horns, giving some tracks a bossa nova flair. 'Jean & Helene' works them in for some flavoring, but also hedges with grounded guitar work. 'Astronaut Byrd' uses groovy keys and a jazzy backbeat to great effect, creating an ultra mellow yet hip sound, like a lounge sitting in the middle of a meadow. 'Ghost' rolls back to a more classic song, almost like indie rock doo wop. But its energy matches that of the opener. Instrumental 'Oh, Lord (I Want to Die)' also goes more retro, amazingly sounding like surf rock.

Sorta-title track 'Lovelies Decay' has a funky, clickety-clackety beat that gets the head moving, but rides over a mix of chill-out guitar strumming and gaudy horns. Closing track 'Mortician (Over)' is almost like two songs in one. At first it has punchy, almost militaristic drums working alongside pleasantly subdued guitars, and works extremely well. But the last third of the track switches gears and gets too scattered and noisy compared to what's come before. It's the other noticeably misstep on the album, and it's unfortunate that it comes at the end.

Leaving that aside, Love. Lies. Decay. is a solid album. The addition of horns to almost every track gives an extra dimension to the music, and helps to stand out compared to the indie rock it was clearly born from. The album is pretty short at half an hour, but it's a fun ride for the most part, and worth a listen for anyone looking for something a little different but still familiar. If nothing else, the first track is a must-listen.

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