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Lemuria – The Distance Is So Big

Becci Stanley


Two years since their last full length release, things seem to have perked up for the New York trio from their regular angsty demeanour to this lazy-days, happy, summery release that channels both heartfelt and sombre lyrics with a catchy, infectious melody similar to that of Jimmy Eat World, for example.

With the chilling vocals moaning (if you’ve ever seen nine miles down, think when they listen to the recording of “hell”…it’s like that) in opening track Michael & Stephen Moon you’d imagine this to be a depressing delve into the darkest recesses, right before it jumps into Brilliant Dancer.

With the dual vocals of Sheena Ozzella and Alex Kerns complimenting each other with high and low interludes, highlighting each note amongst the changing, driving chords and pleasantly thumping drums, Lemuria encapsulate the essence of summer with the odd interlude of keys and joint vocals.

Clay Baby and Scienceless keep the mix of post-hardcore and sunny indie with a dash of smirking fun onwards and upwards with steady beats, crashing guitars and drums stomping with haunting, melodic interludes and playful lyrics and experimentation with foreign sounds within the mixture, especially noticeable in Clay Baby with Ozzellas sweet voice echoing “oohs” amongst instruments breaking down and harmonising keys.

Highlight of the album and longest track standing at 4.40 minutes instead of the average two starts melodically, almost sombrely with dampened chords almost silent against whining vocals before album name dropping and eventually crashing into a climactic build up of instruments reaching an atmospheric finish with a complete wow factor. Talking of climaxes, another little ditty that could go almost unnoticed on this album is that of Congratulations Sex, coming straight after Chihuly and Bluffing Statistics, both with more hardened edges and oomph than songs previously heard on the record and more obviously displaying power and speciality amongst the mixture yet still channelling a playful edge.

You would expect a range of something a little less special after this, oh no, Congratulations Sex starts with driving chords holding an ode to their punk influences with sweet, slow vocals juxtaposed heavily against the driving instruments; its almost as if they’re battling each other for two different things; wild riffs and screaming vocals vs melody and harmony.

Closing track Ruby brings in every little element of the whole release. Similar to Congratulations Sex it has a punky, hardened beat with controlled and melodic vocals, yet it finally reaches this epic, thrashy climax after heavy breathing sets your hairs on edge, expecting the final and glorious ending to the album that we finally get, with beautiful focused lyrics.

There seems to be a thing now that female fronted bands will all be like Paramore, and closer to pop than anything with substance. Lemuria are the proof that this is so far from the truth with this heartfelt, playful release with a dark, niche edge bound to win the hearts of many.