|MH-276 A Lull - Confetti
Confetti, the life-affirming debut from Chicago’s quintet, A Lull, grabs your attention from its first explosion and deconstructs you further with each subsequent, colorized blast. The band has spent glorious ages supplementing layers of guitars, bass, electronics and vocals by banging on drums (as well as recording rustling bags of trash, throwing bottles against walls and pounding away at anything in sight), eventually coming to the cacophonous percussion and everything else wall of sound that makes Confetti's sound unmistakable. The fervor of these endlessly layered, volatile songs is cooled by the voice and lyrics of Nigel Evan Dennis, who covers the grandiosity of each track with his emotionally entangled lyrics. Though the aural tone of Confetti is one of almost overwhelming joy, a sense of longing and regret is palpable between the lines. It’s as if every song is being sung to the face of a loved one at their breaking point. Though their sound is unmistakably their own, the concise romanticism harnessed by A Lull can at times conjure the songwriting ethos of Bon Iver, the instrumental indulgence of Sufjan Stevens or the garishly sensual emotional lift of Explosions In The Sky. Confetti's sense of hope and musical perfection captivates.
|A Lull is like the current crop of Blitzen Trappers and Fleet Foxes all playing at once. - The Village Voice / A Lull stand eerily and mightily apart from their contemporaries. - MP3 Hugger / Think about every time you’ve wanted to immerse yourself in the sheer energy and force of an album, now take a look at Confetti and give yourself an experience. - The Line Of Best Fit
|A Lull, to my ears, are not too far from one of my favorite pre-illuminati groups of the early 1990′s, Rise Robots Rise. Whereas Rise Robots Rise spoke about a bleak outlook in a post-apocalypstic world, Confetti shows that we are metaphorically living in someone else’s apocalypse and we all simply have to deal with our conditions.
Without metaphor, what A Lull do is create some very intense electronic-based pop that sounds very much of the now, but much smarter than anything that tries to do the same on radio, TV, or video games. It’s electronic pop with a very… I was going to say folk sensibility, but maybe I mean to say a more “human sensibility”, or the fact that it’s sensible (at least to my ears) makes me feel that many people will be open to hearing it. The song “Some Love” for some reason reminded me a bit of the carefree feel of Icicle Works‘ “Whisper To A Scream”, and I think what I like is that owes a lot to the songwriting qualities of the early 1980′s, a period that is highly sought after but not well researched in terms of quality of the music.
It’s not music that owes a lot to the past, it firmly knows its place in the world today but I like how it doesn’t forget or isn’t afraid to admit their influences. It may be a guilty pleasure for some to play and listen to this, but you shouldn’t fear. This is damn good music, and you should thank A Lull for merely not only existing, but understanding what it means to make good music. - This Is Book’s Music