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Lydia Laska - Ego Death

Lydia Laska
Ego Death
by Gareth Beams at 18 September 2018, 10:23 PM

Edged Circle Productions is proud to present LYDIA LASKA's highly anticipated second album, “Ego Death”. The album is set for European release on October 5th, while the North American date is set for October 26th. LYDIA LASKA hail from Stavanger and Oslo, Norway. Forming in 2002, its members come from a diverse musical background, including (but certainly not limited to) the early black metal scene as well as prog/krautrock, punk, and good ol' rock 'n' roll. The band's recorded debut came in 2006 with the “White Trash Attack” EP, and was followed by two more EPs – “We're Nothing Compared to Ourselves” (2007) and “Could I Have a Go On Your Girl, Please?” (2009) - but it wasn't until their debut album in 2010, “Krankenhaus”, where the LYDIA LASKA aesthetic truly took flight. A devilishly dark, boldly bewildering, but above all perversely catchy sound emerged, drawing in such disparate influences as the VELVET UNDERGROUND, FAUST, DAVID BOWIE, ROYAL TRUX, THE STOOGES, and old-school Black Metal. Not long after its release, “Krankenhaus” went on to be critically acclaimed and served as an admitted prime influence for fellow hybrid-benders KVELERTAK.

Continuing that momentum, LYDIA LASKA soon became notorious for their chaotic live shows - to the point where they actually had to stop playing gigs since they were generally banned from most venues. With the stage thus set, anticipation is high for LYDIA LASKA's long-awaited second album. Fittingly titled “Ego Death”, this is the sound of LYDIA LASKA becoming both brasher and smoother, rougher and more come-hither, swaggering and silky: a truly unique sound that can take over both radio and squats alike. Indeed, life has been that much rougher since the release of “Krankenhaus”, and the band's sonic influences are even more varied and violent this time. Knowing beforehand that the stakes were high, LYDIA LASKA chose to record “Ego Death” with esteemed producer Emil Nikolaisen (ÅRABROT, Todd Rundgren, Serena-Maneesh). What results is an even-more-kaleidoscopic stroll through the gutter, even for those already well versed in LYDIA LASKA's mischievous ways. Each of the ten tracks across “Ego Death” could be a radio hit in the own right…if the radio station was entrenched in the darkest, dingiest sewer and was playing warring factions simultaneously. And yet, for however schizophrenic “Ego Death” might sound on the surface, beneath that surface is an entirely earnest and completely composed method to the mayhem. Each hook shimmers and stabs, but always with the target being both one's ears and heart; it's ridiculously difficult to get these songs outta your head.

Nikolaisen's production no doubt aids in LYDIA LASKA's ear worming nature here, with the sound field finding a strange - and strangely alluring - balance between shambling and stately, regal and righteously ripped. It is, ultimately, the epitome of an “Ego Death”. So, are you prepared for LYDIA LASKA and that very “Ego Death”? Will you step forward into the gutter, only to be splashed with sonic slime that will never wash off? Questions, questions… First single & music video "Teslicity, Baby!" will be available on all digital platforms on the 24th of August.

From the start of this album it felt more like listening to a new release by THE PIXIES rather than a new band I’d never heard from before. The slow-grunge paced guitars takes you back to the early 90’s where this sound was flowing through the air. The pace of the vocals throughout is slow enough to understand and appreciate his talents. The songs are the likes of which you could hear on the radio or n an Indie film on TV. With the huge amount of guest appearances there are a few different additional styles thrown in here and there, but the album remains similar throughout. There is nothing wrong with the album, but its not for everyone, you may or may not take anything away from this album.

Songwriting: 6
Originality: 6
Memorability: 6
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Teslicity, baby!
2. You
3. Taste of Blood
4. Brainmelt
5. I can play myself
6. Gout Lord
7. Did you do it again…
8. We'll make-up your mind
9. Funereal Fist
10. Levitation
Lineup:
Kandi - Vocals
Maen - Bass
Jacques Matt - Guitar
Echmühl - Guitar, Percussions, Backing Vocals, Piano
Voldswagen - Drums, Percussions, Piano, Guitar

Guests:

Gildas le Pape (SATYRICON) - Acoustic Guitar
Ådne Meisfjord (120 DAYS) - Polivoks
Emilie Lium Vordal (CLOSING EYES) - Backing Vocals
Elvira Nikolaisen - Backing Vocals
Kjetil Møster (DATAROCK) - Saxophone
Solan - Guitar
Eivind Schou (SERENA-MANEESH) - Noise Violin
Ingrid Frivoll - Trumpet
Record Label: Edged Circle Productions
     


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Edited 11 December 2018
 

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