Steal This Track: LightloomsBy Eryc Eyl | May 5th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Built around classically trained Meaghan Lillis’s powerful-yet-plaintive vocals and balletic piano playing, “Signs” grabs you by the ears and demands a close listen. Josh Guisinger’s guitar echoes and scaffolds the vocal line, while omnipresent drummer Chris Durant (also of Amazing Twin, Le Divorce and Sun Red) provides a deft rhythmic accompaniment that is every bit as graceful as Lillis’s piano lines.
With Lillis’s classical training, Guisinger’s background in punk and noise music, and Durant’s chameleon-like technical proficiency, Lightlooms distinguishes itself from the well-worn, average (and below average) girl-with-a-piano experimental pop (how many Regina Spektors do we need, anyway?) Steal “Signs” and hear for yourself. Zack Martinson of Denver band Saints contributed bass on this track and noted violinist Jody Livo added understated strings. Tasty. If you like what you hear as much as we do, make sure to catch Lightlooms on Saturday, May 7 at the Larimer Lounge, or on Thursday, May 19 at the Skylark Lounge.
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