The Lost Lovers Brigade - Little Skeletons (Independent)
The debut LP from Vancouver’s The Lost Lovers Brigade, consisting of members from Apollo Ghosts — guitarist Jason Clisby and drummer Adrian Burrus — along with lead vocalist Elisha May Rembold and organist/back-up vocalist Jenny Morgan falls in line with a litany of albums that have begotten the surf-tinged tag over the last year or so. But this record is pleasingly different. The group dabbles with country melancholia, galvanized lo-fi and Phil Spector-inspired ’60s pop-style, eliciting something far more awesome. Rembold’s potent, quivering belts sound like Patsy Cline metamorphosing into Neko Case before your bewildered eyes, her billowing voice building upon wisps of shimmering strums and the occasional blizzard of guitar intensity fit for full-on hair-flailing wig-outs (Tigers). Desperado-riffs ooze with melodrama, painting audio portraits of Stevie Nicks wailing over the score of an exploitation film (Lonely Neighbour, All the Stars). Down-home and slightly dangerous, blissful and bold, sometimes quiet and other times downright raucous: songs for the wayward.