The Long Lost – The Long Lost
The self-titled debut album from The Long Lost, the side-project of Daedelus and his wife Laura Darlington, is finally out and available right now via Ninja Tune. Regular readers of the blog may remember the Flying Lotus remixes I posted last September, but the full album has landed and it’s a blissfully soothing venture through the calmer reaches of Daedelus’ musical psyche, of course with beautiful accompaniment from, his dear partner in aural-arms, the talented Laura Darlington.
Side-stepping talk of genre or style for a moment, I’ve listened to this album a fair few times now and something that really stands out is the production quality. The direction and shaping of the sounds, the levels and general composition techniques are seriously impressive. Might be something that is more apparent to the listener who immerses them self in the music, as it were, but then I believe this album will indeed particularly appeal to such a type of person.
01. The Art of Kissing
05. Past Perfect
06. Ballroom Dance Club
07. Siren Song
09. Regrets Only
10. Cat Fancy
12. Finders Keepers
It’s a delicate album from The Long Lost, mainly focusing on hushed tones and dreamy sounds capes, but without making an overt impression, some of Daedelus’ famed stylings do make an appearance. The rhythm and energy of his drums, even in this lo-fi setting, are recognisable, yet not overbearing in any way. Tracks like The Art Of Kissing, Ballroom Dance Club, Regrets Only and Sibliance provide the listener with with a bass-kick fix, whilst a lot of the album holds to an inspiring blend of sea shanty and nursery rhyme. Not that this should make you take the album any less seriously, because it is quality material indeed. Elements of melancholy and psychedelia combine subtly throughout the album, but ‘subtly’ is the keyword – hard to classify but easy to love.
We’re even treated to a downtempo latin/samba treat in the form of Amiss. It’s beautifully paced and features an exquisite array of instruments – the delicate percussion rides with multiple guitars of the acoustic variety and rhythmic vocals, naturally from Laura herself. The acoustic guitar features heavily throughout the album, seemingly as a backbone, dancing beautifully throughout each track and scenario. There’s quite an orchestral characteristic to the record, no doubt going back to what I said before with regards to the production quality and techniques. Everything in its right place – and that is not to say that this is predictable at all, because it will keep you on your toes, it just sounds so right.
Ultimately, this debut record from The Long Lost is a lo-fi folk record with elements of leftfield electronica, and inspired by lullabies and soothing melodies. Perfect to relax to, it’s easily accessible although the true beauty of the album may only be found by those actively seeking it. 48 minutes of ethereal sounds await the open-minded patron and those who wish to expand their musical horizons with something a little different. I genuinely fall in love a little bit more each time I listen. Whatever your tastes, should you find yourself inclined to do so, then I would suggest giving this album a fair go – it’s a beautiful journey through the chambers of modern experimental folk music.