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The Loved Drones - Good Luck Universe!

by Joseph Majsterski Rating:6 Release Date:2016-03-18

The Loved Drones seem to be trying to mix-and-match genres and ideas on their EP, Good Luck Universe!, but the pieces don't always fit together very well. Things have a bit of a slapdash, jumbled feeling on occasion, although the tunes aren't all bad. In fact a few are great.

The opener, 'Nomad', is a perfect representative of their issue. It's a somewhere between psych and post rock, with lots of percussion and guitar meanderings, and seasoned with a dash of sitar. It also has a few electronic breaks, but at more than eight minutes long, it falls victim to some of post rock's worst failings, particularly a tendency toward repetitive noodling that never resolves itself.

'Escape from the Terror Drome' seems like it's going to be more of the same, but it has a lot more energy, and adds some spacey funk elements that give the song some personality. It's followed by 'Drone Alone - Crimson Skies' which goes back to the east and has a new agey feel. 'Purlse Radar Love' is the epitome of how the band bills itself: "psyche-cosmic pop". A few laser blast synths shoot across a rock and roll band warming up for the show.

'Electric Blue Moon' is a triumph, all retro style synths and beats of the type that always makes me think of Dr. Who and the optimism of early space exploration. It's just so perky and upbeat, you'd have to be a real misanthrope to take issue with it. Definitely the highlight of the album, which is a bit of shame as it seems to be off the group's main musical path. It's also the shortest track, clocking in at just under four minutes.

And the album finishes up with 'Canyons', which slides way back into psych territory, with big organs and a harp matching the sitar note for note. It's a nice, mellow closer with enough going on that doesn't outstay its welcome like some of the longer songs.

This isn't awful, but it's just not as captivating as it wants to be; even though it throws a lot of sounds at the listener, many of them are too predictable and fail to inspire or surprise. It's a somewhat interesting, but probably ultimately forgettable set unless you're a big post rock fan.

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