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Au.Ra, Jane’s Lament (Felte Records)
CD Reviews: March 26, 2015

03/26/15



Au.Ra, Jane’s Lament (Felte Records)
Far from being a dream-pop album — OK, this is a dream-pop album — but there are signs of intelligence outside the usual genre rigors. For instance, “Spare the Thought” made me think of Guster, of all the bands, what with its sleepy-time barely-plugged dentist-office steez. Other than a few of those kinds of moves, though, this Aussie duo aims its debut LP squarely at fans of Primal Scream; it’s a little too commercial (not that that’s automatically bad in this case) to start bandying about names like Cocteau Twins, although they do enjoy the swirling-fog attributes of such things, if not the throwback production. Kickoff tune “Morning” would fit in just as nicely as backdrop for some scene in The Affair while someone jogs and ponders life as it would for a monster movie, but then again we’re in a renaissance of pop-culture where the Singing Nun is used as background for American Horror Story. Never mind all that, though — this isn’t college-radio shoegaze-washout kitsch overrun with goofy vocal effects, and it’s not really noise rock; it’s something a lot more upbeat and radio-friendly than that. Just a little more of the kitsch would have had me running a permanent download, if that tells you anything. B Eric W. Saeger





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