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Lemuria: Brilliant Dancer [7-inch]Brilliant Dancer [7-inch] (2013)
Bridge Nine

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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While Lemuria's 2008 debut full-length Get Better has remained a fan favorite for valid reasons, 2011's Pebble left a lot of people cold. It could've been the anticipation-the band had jumped from Asian Man to Bridge Nine and recorded the album with J. Robbins, and those two factors combined with th.
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While Lemuria's 2008 debut full-length Get Better has remained a fan favorite for valid reasons, 2011's Pebble left a lot of people cold. It could've been the anticipation-the band had jumped from Asian Man to Bridge Nine and recorded the album with J. Robbins, and those two factors combined with the near-universal reverence of Get Better definitely inflated anticipation. But while Get Better and Pebble are both lyrically dark albums, the former had a far sunnier sonic disposition than the latter. Robbins' production was-as it usually is-airy, austere and very organic-sounding, and some felt it didn't bring out Lemuria's once-inherent pop songwriting chops as much as was needed to be effective.

Are expectations for The Distance is So Big tempered a little bit? Maybe, but judging by what Lemuria have released from it so far, there's cause for excitement. The Brilliant Dancer single seems to keep the alt-brooding of Pebble intact while incorporating those lighter production elements found on Get Better. Not only that, but it's readily apparent that the band are more comfortable than ever as musicians and songwriters: The title track is seemingly two songs in one, with its quiet beginnings, ratcheted verses and anthemic choruses. Sheena Ozzella and Alex Kerns harmonize better than they ever have before, and Kerns' percussion is particularly interesting, seamlessly changing tempos on a dime. Then, the song stops. Upon first listen, one might think it's over. Once it returns, one might really think it's over because what returns sounds like an entirely different song: the band slow the tempo, up the piano and drive their instruments into the ground, with the exception of Ozzella's and Kern's vocals, which continue to hover over everything. It's jarring and it works.



"Helloing," the b-side exclusive to this single, is a showcase for Kerns' vocal range, which until now mostly comprised of low and lower. He's improved considerably, able to inflect higher when the song calls for it and quickly go back lower when Ozzella chimes in on the choruses. Musically, the song is far more straightforward than "Brilliant Dancer": there's some neat bass lines from Max Gregor throughout the verses that conform to Ozzella's darkly evolving riffs toward the song's end, but it's mostly a solid Lemuria song with some nice vocal interplay, a few moments of interesting musicianship, and little flash. In other words, a perfectly acceptable b-side.

The Distance Is So Big is due out June 18, 2013 via Bridge Nine Records.

 

 
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krudsma (May 23, 2013)

Pebble is my favorite thing they've released. It's got one or two rough patches but Chitaqua County and Bloomer are great songs, Gravity is an excellent opening track, and the album is in general more well paced and more fun to listen to than Get Better.

publichousingv2 (May 23, 2013)

""Brilliant Dancer" may be my favorite song of theirs to date, though."

Yep.

wolfparty (May 22, 2013)

People are so fucking weird about Pebble. It may have been a "grower" sure but I get the impression people gave up after one or two or three listens. At first I thought it was "weird," now it's become one of my favorite records. I love it so much to the point where listening to Get Better is a chore and slightly embarrassing at times. Pebble pays off so much in the transition from "Durian" to "Chataqua County." That alone makes it worth a listen. "Brilliant Dancer" may be my favorite song of theirs to date, though. Both have improved immeasurably as vocalists. Sheena almost does a Liz Frasier/Cocteau Twins in the first minute of the song. Whoa.

thenewpope (May 22, 2013)

pretty solid 7''.

danperrone (May 21, 2013)

i'll agree with that. dat bass on track two.

tsiege (May 21, 2013)

The first three songs of pebble I actually really liked. The rest were turds.

danperrone (May 21, 2013)

god pebble was so bad. sooooo bad

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