LUCILLE FURS: ANOTHER LAND

February 28th, 2019 | Album reviews

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LUCILLE FURS
Another Land
Requiem Pour Un Twister

Half of timelessly groovy baroque pop band Lucille Furs still live in the Windy City (the other half play with local band Triptides, reviewed here!), but it seems clear that the other land they praise on their second album Another Land is our very own palm tree’d Shangri La. On the title track, singer Trevor Pritchett croons, “By California’s ocean swell, life is joy and rent gets paid in shells.” If only, right? But that dreamy glorification of our fair state feels familiar to anyone who’s felt the pull of the golden west from more dreary, weather-beaten locales. It’s certainly sunshine—and not Midwestern snow—that shapes this album. Sophisticated sonic tapestries and clever, bookish turns of phrase (rockers who read!) lend an elegance and sophistication to Lucille Furs’ music that set them apart from some of their more by-the-numbers psych band peers. Lucille Furs may be a thinking person’s psych band, but don’t be fooled into emotional complacency. With well-placed flute, bittersweet harmonies, and a heavy dose of wistfulness, they can handily break your heart on a lovelorn song like “Sooner Than Later.” And if you just want to dance madly, the irresistible “Paint Euphrosyne Blue” slinks around perfect 60s guitar and organ riffs while Pritchett purrs about (what else?) troglodytes and Greek goddesses. Another song takes its name from the Hippocrates quote, “First, Do No Harm.” If you worry that the band might take themselves too seriously, be reassured that “Leave It As You Found It” features an unapologetically jubilant kazoo solo. Pritchett’s honeyed vocals swirl above the band’s sweet 60s sounds, seducing one’s ear with flowery melodies, conspiratorial sighs, and cryptic lyrics spiked with wry observations that feel meant for your ears only. He’s graced with an old-fashioned Ray Davies-esque gift for storytelling and the lush voice of a breathier, reedier Colin Blunstone. “You speak like a warning on a library wall, saying ‘Leave it exactly as you found it,'” Pritchett coos. This album is guaranteed to leave you groovier than you were before you found it, and maybe even a little bit smarter, too.

Donna Kern

LUCILLE FURS’ RECORD RELEASE SHOW WITH DREAM PHASES, JANE CHURCH AND DJ GLENN BRIGMAN (TRIPTIDES) ON THURS., MAR. 21, AT THE BOOTLEG THEATRE, 2220 BEVERLY BLVD., LOS ANGELES. 8:30 PM / $10-$12 / 21+. GET TICKETS HERE! LUCILLE FURS’ ANOTHER LAND IS AVAILABLE DIGITALLY NOW AND ON VINYL ON FRI., MAR. 15, FROM REQUIEM POUR UN TWISTER.