Monday, August 17, 2009

Lo Moda: Replica Watches

Gospel Store Front hit speakers via Creative Capitalism back in 2006. Three years later, Lo Moda have relinquished their second long player dubbed Replica Watches.

Lo Moda consists of a mish mash of local artists from various other creative outlets, which may have contributed to the longer break in recorded output from the group. Regardless, Replica Watches was completely worth the wait as it builds off all the strong suits of their debut.

The band has remained a purveyor of minimalistic post punk, throwing in influences ranging from soul to krautrock. But just as their sound draws from a deep pool, the simplistic and repetitive nature of tracks like "Real Real" and "Anonymous Cats" are what have always given Lo Moda their charm.

The hypnotic and almost cult-like feel give the urge to throw this one on repeat, and if Lo Moda was a cult I'd sure as hell drink the Kool Aid at their party any day. The new LP also boasts some more upbeat dynamics as well. "C.O.N.T.R.O.L. (Catch You Later)" sports one the catchiest organ loops I've heard since DJ Shadow's "Organ Donor", and makes for a great centerpiece.

Clocking in at almost an hour, Replica Watches is full of enough new handclaps and viola drones to hold us over until the next. Peep the video for "People Who Like Carolling" below, and be sure to check them out at Golden Westival this Friday night. Order the new LP physically or digitally here.

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