LOVESUCKER – Lovesucker EP
aaamusic | On 02, Feb 2015
A unity of soulful keys, grungy bass, feisty vocals and bluesy riffs, the North Carolina duo Lovesucker construct a sound that pierces through you with a whip and a shriek. They describe themselves as gypsy-soul, and that is probably right.
Crystal Cosby and Zoltan Von Bury have created their self-titled EP with a set of five tracks which bring chalk and cheese together to create something quite interesting. In an instant, they draw you into a world that conjures a musical language made up of many influences – we hear the more dance and grunge-like period of Tori Amos with Crystal’s abrasive vocal delivery and some 70s funk ‘riffage’ brought by Zoltan which have been shaken up with a deep blues overtone.
Put all this together and I can’t quite make up my mind whether this mix sounds fresh or not. Their media and graphics look stuck in the 90s. Crosby claims their genre is “a state of mind – freedom, movement, fire and heart, even if it’s fragmented… to move through a song and sound with fluidity and transparency, embracing those things that we speak of – love, spark and hope, dazzled with trickery and fury.”
The opening track and single from the EP, ‘Mississippi’, is a song written about a ghost who lived a life in slavery and is haunting his slave master. It has a melancholic tone with a great main riff and captivating lead vocal line encompassing the theme perfectly. My favourite aspect has to be the presence of the organ and reverberating drums. They seem to bounce off each in creating that favourable vinyl crackle and background noise effect. Aggressive in performance, coarse in timbre and an extremely funky groove throughout; the only problem is it’s rather repetitive after a few listens.
And the rest of the EP… well it continues in much the same manner. If you can withstand the incessant bitter quality of the vocals, then you can enjoy the bass lines that sit beneath, rooting the whole EP with that punch in the stomach and lip curling attitude that make it quite attractive.
Don’t shy away from their dated image and off-putting duo name – go to the music first to make a decision.