The Lucksmiths – Up With The Sun/A Sobering Thought (Just When One Was Needed) (Fortuna Pop!)
Decently, Australia’s The Lucksmiths have elected to make this taster of their forthcoming First Frost LP (their eleventh) a free download. This is a very good deal. Neither of these songs challenges what you might expect to hear from The Lucksmiths, but the odd tweak to their indie-pop formula manages to keep things entertaining enough. More than entertaining enough, actually.
Built, as they so frequently are, around Marty Donald’s ingenious lyrical conceits, his knowledge of language and gentle strumming, both songs are evidence enough of the band’s inclusion in the indie-pop hall of fame alongside Belle & Sebastian and every other band they’re always mentioned in the same sentence as. Do some research, you’ll get it. Up With The Sun begins as a typically bouncy jaunt, but Louis Richter is now showing amply the worthiness of his recent inclusion in the group. His fuzzed guitar gives the song not only another melodic line, but some very welcome texture, noise and, at points, the kind of shoegazing rumbles that you never knew were missing from the band’s sound.
A Sobering Thought (Just When One Was Needed) may be quieter, but it’s no less well-designed and evolutionary (for an indie-pop band). Bouncier and beautifuller than the A-side, its contemplative nature is summarised by the sweet imagery we’re shown. Bottles on the floor, sunlight under the door, it’s the morning we’ve all cared not to remember. Trust The Lucksmiths to employ the oldest and best twee (sorry…) trick in the book and counterbalance lyrical embarrassment with musical prettiness.
Visit their MySpace here and listen to the B-side. These tracks will be available for free download on November 10th, probably from their website. Win! Check back next week for a review of the new album.