The Lucy Show

...Undone

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This is like the 1979-1981 heyday years of English post-punk pop brought back and updated. Undone glistens and shimmers like a pool rippling with subconscious sensations. The two main songwriters/singers, Mark Bandola and Rob Vandeven, are apparently from Canada, but moved to London to take part in the scene that gave us a more ethereal wash of sound than anything Western Canada would know anything about. Their relocation has worked like gangbusters. "Ephemeral (This Is No Heaven)," the title track, "The White Space," and others hold a music fan spellbound in their textural beauty, the latest to take advantage of the endless brooding, moody undercurrents the best Brit-rock has been full of since Magazine, Joy Division, the early Siouxsie & the Banshees, Sad Lovers and Giants, and many others. And the songwriting is top-notch, too; you get the feeling these people know their classic ‘60s rock and pop too, and sneak in some of that great melodic sweetness to go with the shimmer and shake. Take this, the Sound's Shock of Daylight and Heads and Hearts, and the Chameleons' What Does Anything Mean? Basically, and 1985 has provided for you every quiet and inner sensation that you ever felt. Masterpieces all, but again, this is the most important of the four, since it’s the only one that’s a first album. Remarkable. Also remarkable: unlike the above, somehow the band got a U.S. deal with major distribution.

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