Wild Flames

Former Christchurch – now Auckland – shoegazers O’Lovely have just released their debut album after months of reworking, refining and securing the approval of all three band members. Vocalist/keyboardist Laura-Lee Watson has no shame in describing herself as a ‘perfectionist’, and for those able to compare this album with the band’s previous, somewhat rare EP (20o9’s Lost Luck) , the smoothing and polishing off of several two-year-old songs is easily noticeable. Titled Constellations, the album contains four songs from the EP, all with subtle changes, ranging from tempo, vocal delivery and the rerecording of some guitar parts to sound stronger and less abrasive. Engineered by Dale Cotton (Die! Die! Die!, HDU), the album is the perfect accompaniment to New Zealand’s moody, unpredictable winter. There’s a lack of space in the songs that provide a warm, enveloping sense of safety-by-sound, where it’s hard to doze but easy to lie curled up in a warm cocoon. Slow to begin though, the album does require some patience, but once into songs like ‘Bright Lights’, ‘Wild Flames’ and ‘Wave’ you’ll be fully involved, as these tracks have a whimsical decadence, merging together in a traditional stark shoegaze manner. Right now you can check out the band’s latest single ‘Bright Lights’, streaming below.

Constellations can be downloaded from itunes and physical copies can be purchased by emailing the band at theolovelys@gmail.com

O’Lovely on Facebook

Wellington – Friday 26th August @ Mighty Mighty w/ Pikachunes
Christchurch – Saturday 27th @ The Brewery w/ Von Klap
Auckland – 9th September @ Whammy Bar w/ Your Mother The Mountain

Posted by Nick Fulton under Auckland, New Zealand
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