Friday, November 24, 2017

“Hush” by Lucida, an EP Review - Free Friday (“FL&R”)

     Under normal circumstances, it should be considered a success if a song from a four-track debut EP receives on-line praise. Philadelphia’s Lucida did 400% better. Each of the tracks from the EP “Hush” has received positive on-line reviews. For us, the favorite song on the EP shifted more than once, but we finally settled on the anthem “Fight For You.”

     Also to Lucida’s credit, the songs vary significantly. They didn’t merely find a well-traveled road and stay within a single lane. When listening to “Fight For You,” an educated guess in identifying the influential band might be Kings of Leon. The song includes Southern Rock elements and multi-member backing vocals. The song finishes and the next song, “Joyride,” is queued. This song shares far more with Bloc Party than with Kings of Leon, but textures the male lead vocals with gentler female vocals.

     Lucida are from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The members are Jiah Pearson-Leary (vocals, guitar), Stefanie Eichmann (keys, vocals), Bill Carley (drums, vocals), and Warren Minnix (bass, vocals). 

     “Fight For You” by Lucida (At the time of this post, the band is generously permitting free downloads of the tracks from the EP.)

     Lucida noted, “'Joyride' is about the desire to throw everything away and start fresh – unshackled by the burdens of constraints such as work, student loans, obligations, etc., and just living hedonistically with no destination.”     

     Lucida describes “Hush:”
  "This song comes from our 'Hush' EP, produced by Brian McTear (War on Drugs, Local Natives, Strand of Oaks) at Miner Street Studios. This song pretty well defines our styles with its emphasis on groove and a stadium-like feel, but with Indie Pop sensibilities and rhythmic vocal delivery. "Hush the sound of the future" is the core vocal hook of this song, and it is really a Zen song that self-motivates us to focus on enjoying the ride rather than living in the future. It's at heart, about anxiety. The purposeful use of noise and eventual overtaking of noise via oscillating echo build-up is designed to embody the future perhaps winning this battle."

     The band’s background on “Real:”
  “This starts off as the slowest and most sparse song on our new release, but we try and build it up to a huge roar of sound by the end of it, which is pretty representative of what we are going for as a band. While lyrically at first glance the song seems like a longing for a lost lover, it’s more of an extended metaphor for holding on to something that everyone around you knows you lost except you, whether it’s a dream you just don’t have the skills to make a reality, the image of you in high school – whatever holds you back from really being who you should be as a human, and getting the courage to let it go and move on."

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