You know you’re in for a spacey ride when three-fifths of a band is credited with “noise” in an album’s liner notes. Despite their obvious love for cacophony, on Lazarus Beach, Through The Sparks never stray too far from a strong tune. On their first full-length release, the band thoughtfully combines Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips aspirations with the earthy soul of Calexico. Covered in heaps of chugging piano riffs, synthesizer swells, horns, and obscure lyrics are tidy laid-back grooves that solidly hold up all the psychedelia. The record opens with the swinging “L. Roi”, which at first evokes M. Ward fronting an old speakeasy jazz band before smoothly boiling into a heightened crescendo of crooning and horn solos. It only gets zanier from there: a dark, Fiona Apple-esque piano line carries “Falling Out Of Favor With The Neighbors” into a bizarre tale of surviving warfare: “Ain’t it hard getting over the bombs? All you need is a good Geiger Meter.”
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