Sometimes it feels as if every third person in New York must be in a band. Not just that, but a cooler than cool, hipper than hip band. On first impressions, Lucius would seem to fit the bill perfectly. Fronted by two identically made up and dressed female singers and backed by three identically dressed male musicians, the Brooklynites are ripe to leave you impressed stylistically but more than a little cold emotionally.
A debut album five years in the making, however, Wildewoman has the depth to match the surface. Sure Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig are dripping in retro chic but their perfectly twinned voices have the quality to validate the ’60s girl group comparisons. A beautifully organic sounding record, Wildewoman fizzes with life, energy and charm – quite the opposite of your average modern day NYC group.
It’s a mixed bunch musically too, which only adds to the enjoyment. As you might expect, Lucius have the alternative pop thing nailed on ‘Turn It Around’ and ‘Hey Doreen’, while ‘Nothing Ordinary’ sees them head down the clattering noise of tUnE-yArDs style oddness. They can do simplicity and grace too though, exploring a more soulful, rootsy sound that brings to mind Jenny Lewis and her work with the Watson Twins on the likes of the title track and ‘Go Home’. It’s all quite exquisite and adds up to perhaps the most impressive debut of the year so far, one that takes your expectations and turns them on their head.