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Friday, June 29, 2007

LISTENING POST: CD REVIEWS

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Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love "Ends Of June"


Based on their long-winded name, some may dismiss Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love as pretentious indie rockers or a mere novelty act. The British sextet are neither. Influenced by the fragile pop of Elliott Smith and alt-folk of Iron & Wine, their sophomore effort, "Ends Of June," is full of well-written acoustic songs suited for late-night summer lounging.

While it may lack the immediate impact of their much heralded American peers, the subtle instrumentation and melancholic nature of "Ends Of June" beguile with each repeated spin. A duo when they released 2004's self-titled debut, the additional players add warmth and diversity. Lightly strummed guitars, banjo, harmonica and glockenspiel intertwine with hushed vocal harmonies from Chris Robinson and multi-instrumentalist brothers Kelly and Ellis Dyson on melodic gems such as "Good Night Lousia" and the stripped-down, pensive "My Ears Are For Listening." Self-recorded in a bedroom studio, "Ends Of June" retains the welcoming atmosphere of the intimate setting. This is an album you won't soon tire of.



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