New Music Enthusiast’s Club: Latimer House

latimer houseLatimer House – All the Rage

There’s something to be said for old pop sounds that work and wind their way into newer, modern made music, the everlasting and transcending sonic tropes of the innovators that came before, like tapping into some kind of cosmic consciousness or current. Hailing from Prague, guitar pop quartet Latimer House wade in the soothing sounds of 60’s psych pop and 70’s rock and new wave on their album All the Rage, crafting quirky, yet familiar pop nuggets readily available for your consumption.

Though based out of Prague, the band actually assembled from all over the world, the United States (bassist Michael Jetton), England (guitarist Joe Cook), Canada (drummer Jiri Kominek), and Azerbaijan (keyboard player Anar Yusufov) to be exact. That such an eclectic group of backgrounds can get together and jive musically, each member bringing his own relatable sonic palette to the mix, and then create something with such a rich and universal pop rock appeal says as much about the power of music as it does the individual performers. You can hear the band’s influences on every note.

All the Rage kicks off with a bouncy bit of bubblegum new wave, the infectious and aptly titled first single “This Is Pop.” As grand an album declaration as it turns out, the song pops, sometimes feeling like it’s from another time, a simple, hummable, toe-tappable late summer jam that combines soulful 60’s psych pop organ with a New Romantic melody. At times it recalls the kind of songs David Gedge used to record with Cinerama. On “Burn,” the band sound like they’re channeling an alternate universe British version of The Decemberists, a thumping tune with a wonderful string accompaniment. And then there’s the joyous outburst of horns on “Open Your Heart,” jumping and blaring all the while vocalist Joe Cook reminds us that we should follow our own. The band ventures dangerously close into meandering jam band territory on second single “Birdcage Walk,” probably the weakest track on the record, though the single does contain an excellent slice of off-kilter pop with its B-side “Until Then.” Jam band dalliance aside, the group regains their footing on the album’s second half. “Red Heart Sequin Blues” blasts those aforementioned blues with hints of jazz and a garage stomp attitude. Spacey and sultry, the quartet offer up the album’s sole ballad with “Your Love,” a song that floats, but veers away from maudlin sentiment, instead focusing on an almost otherworldly vibe, like laying in a meadow and watching a meteor shower at night with someone you love. Album closer “Bubblegum” is a driving piece of guitar-centered rock music. It’s meant to be played at high volume on car stereos with open windows, driving across long stretches of open country. There’s something so overtly American heartland about the song, it’s easy to forget it came from the other side of the world. It makes me want to smoke a cigarette.

All in all, All the Rage is a nice first step for a band of ex-patriots. Latimer House have tapped in to some omnipresent piece of pop culture sound, and have utilized for their benefit…and ours. Below, you can watch the video for “This Is Pop,” and then listen to “Your Love” and “Until Then.” Grab the album from Honk Records.

Stay tuned for more New Music Enthusiast’s Club coming soon…

 

Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

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