Throughout London, Lola Colt have become renowned for their live show, receiving high acclaim from fans and critics alike, and once they’ve wound up their live shows in the UK, March sees the six piece take out across Europe to spread their name (full dates below). The challenge really came for the band when they decided it was time to take their “spellbinding and dramatic experience with both sonic and visual intensity”, and mould it into an album. Lead guitarist, Matt Loft, explains the task; “Our music is pure escapism and the thought of recording it felt strangely like trying to put up walls around a dream. What we strived to create is a timeless record that takes the listener on a journey to a different place with each listen”.
Away From The Water demands more than one listen – simply a once over would do the record no justice, proving the band’s intentions successful. What as first appears to be nothing more than fuzzed up riffs and some incredibly macabre keyboard undertones in opening Rings Of Ghosts, reveals itself to be fantastically detailed instrumental guided through the sound by Gun Overbye’s hauntingly beautiful vocals. The same can be noted in the climax of Heartbreaker, where percussion at first appears to take a backseat, when in fact it’s the crowning feature of moment.
Country influences play their part in Driving Mr Johnny, and Gun’s vocals almost become lost in the chaos of the music, straining to break through; it’s easy to see how this would translate to the stage. Stepping from country further into the realms of Western, Highway‘s lazy, hazy intro is one that it’s impossible not to fall for – understated and buzzing with psychedelia. Gun’s vocals come into their own on personal favourite, Storm, with the driving lines, “I go to his house, and I told him everything you already know, so you decide” staying stuck in the mind long after the track has wound to a close.
White Horse boasts such controlled instrumental that every minute variation becomes noticeable, before Gun’s vocals come into subtly overlay the work. Throughout, the album could be described fairly accurately as a psychedelic version of Texas’ work, but White Horse holds strong vocal similarities to Sharleen Spiteri – not a bad notch in the belt to have.
It would be easy to pick apart the record track by track, moment by moment, and say what makes it so exceptional, but that’d do no good. It does a fantastic job of encapsulating a live performance (which we’ll be checking out tomorrow), and for those who can’t get enough of Lola Colt’s gigs, this’ll be the perfect supplement.
Fri 27 NOTTINGHAM Bodega Social Club
Sat 28 LEICESTER Cookie Jar
Sun 01 OXFORD Jericho Tavern
Sat 07 HOLLAND Where The Wild Things Are Festival
Sun 08 UTRECHT ACU
Tue 10 HAMBURG Prinzenbar
Wed 11 BERLIN Katine Am Berghain
Thu 12 MUNICH Orange House
Fri 13 ZURICH Kinski
Mon 16 COLOGNE Studio 672
Tue 17 BRUSSELS Witloof Bar
Wed 18 PARIS Point Ephemere