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Little Children, Traveling Through Darkness (Cosmos Records)




Little Children, Traveling Through Darkness (Cosmos Records)
CD Reviews: June 25, 2015

06/25/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Little Children, Traveling Through Darkness  (Cosmos Records)
You know something, this generation of AOR-tinted chill-indie hawkers owes a huge debt to Luke Temple, whose Here We Go Magic band wasn’t afraid to add a liberal scoop of pop into the Dandy Warhol posturing of the early Aughts. No, if it wasn’t for that stuff, you wouldn’t find this Swede, Linus Lutti, with such an easy row to hoe by simply decorating muffled 1980s dance rock with the oh-so-familiar falsetto vocals that come to you from the Beach Boys by way of Grizzly Bear. I’m sure only 98 percent of you could (or would even want to) parse that sentence, so to put it simply, Lutti’s Little Children project is easy listening for Generation iPod, and it’s not terribly original, if you’ll allow a little tough love. In the 1970s, they would have forced some slide guitar into this kind of thing; in the 1980s it would have been goopy keyboards; and in the 1990s it would have been strummy acoustic guitar and an 80-piece orchestra. But the effect remains the same, a new form of no-brainer chill with plenty of gentle radio hooks. This, and the fact that it’s completely interchangeable with the work of so many other bands, makes it a bit redundant, but worthwhile nonetheless. Sorry, but I can’t pile the hate on something that’s this… you know, nice. Eric W. Saeger





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