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Seriously, picture it: prom queens in poodle skirts skanking to the catchy hooks of peppy numbers like “Canadian Maple Leafs” and “Candy Rome.” They wait patiently near the vodka-spiked punch bowl, waiting for their steady to ask them to slow dance to “Across Your House,” before sneaking away to fuck in the backseat of the car at Lover’s Point, while “Round Your Heart” blares from the radio. An album like this would make James Dean proud.
TOME TO THE WEATHER MACHINET
There aren't too many records like this out there these days, straight across the board astute, proficient, and occasionally downright brilliant.
THE INDIE HANDBOOK
I will admit that, at first listen, Heterochromia comes off as a pretty decent pop record. It’s not until a few hours (or even days) later that the music really begins to take full effect. But once the high-powered sixties-laden pop has seeped into your brain, there really is no hope of ever separating yourself from it.
There’s something a little off-kilter about Lars Ludvig Löfgren and his album Heterochromia. With a base that encompasses a fairly common pop sound, he adds in an indistinct oddity that you might not notice right off the bat; it’s a trait that works well with the album title. Löfgren’s music fits the upbeat nature of pop, but often finds the beats lagging slightly, at least early on. “Canadian Maple Leafs” and “Across Your House” open the album on a laid-back note before “Round Your Heart” removes any preconceptions about the band. The song is unquestionably catchy.
The oddity: it’s something along the lines of a calm power pop. You don’t expect it, and it seems contrary to nature, but it works. There’s an appeal here, an attractiveness – it’s not necessarily unlike that conveyed by, oh, say Kate Bosworth. Along with “Round Your Heart”, “Candy Rome” and “Opportunity Knocks” completes Heterochromia’s trio of greatness. These songs all have an immensely consistent percussion, which drives the band forward and subtly emphasizes the power pop Löfgren creates. Despite the driving force in the music, it never fails to emphasize a laid back feel – sometimes powerful, sometimes minuscule.
As Heterochromia continues, so does a realization. It will begin in your subconscious and at some point will burst forth into reality: Lars Ludvig Löfgren is a master at off-beat pop song-craft. These songs are proof this is fact. Honestly, there should be no surprise here; Löfgren is from Göteborg, Sweden, and everything I’ve heard out of there recently has been pretty amazing. It only makes sense that the music Löfgren makes, too, would be pretty amazing. Further proof: I’m not alone… popwreckoning had some good things to say about Heterochromia too.
16 aug - Lepel & Subroutine >> Zomercafe
Space Siren, WOLVON & Silver Ferns
14 aug - Ondergronds Festival, Leeuwarden
31 aug - Festival de Frikandel, Rotterdam
6 sept - oTToPoP, Ottoland
09 aug - Waterpop, Wateringen
18 sept - Mariënburgkapel, Nijmegen
26 sept - De Hip, Deventer
16 okt - Stathé, Utrecht
06 aug - Parksessies, Haarlem
07 aug - Winston, Amsterdam (w/ Zulu Pearls)
31 aug - De Ruimte, Amsterdam
18 sept - De Mug, Nijmegen (Popronde)
20 sept - Extase, Tilburg (Incubate Zero)
27 sept - Dokzaal, Amsterdam (Nouveau Vélo Release Party)
02 okt - The Doctor, Wageningen (Popronde)
09 okt - Kult, Groningen (Popronde)
11 okt - Koops, Haarlem (Popronde)
08 nov - WORM, Rotterdam (Popronde)
26 sep - LEPEL, Groningen
27 sep - Dokzaal, Amsterdam
03 okt - V11, Rotterdam
04 okt - Madame Moustache, Brussel
16 aug - VERA, Groningen (Lepel & Subroutine zomercafe with WOLVON & Silver Ferns)
19 aug - OCCII, Amsterdam (with Thurston Moore band)
23 aug - Roodkapje, Rotterdam (with WOLVON)
24 aug - Power Lunches, Londen UK (with ZEA & Trash Kit)
25 aug - Brighton UK (with ZEA & Trash Kit)
The Doo Run Run (solo)
29 aug - Lepel/Vera Container, Noorderzon Groningen (19.30 en 20.10)
16 aug - VERA, Groningen (Lepel & Subroutine zomercafe
with Space Siren & Silver Ferns)
23 aug - Roodkapje, Rotterdam (with Space Siren)
05 sept - Astra Stube, Hamburg
06 sept - Het Grote Katzwijm Bierfestival, Voorhout
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