Lusts are a two piece from Leicester made up of brothers Andy and James Stone. They released their debut ‘Illuminations’ in October of last year and with new single ‘Sometimes’ due for release, TT felt it right to revisit the album.
At the heart of ‘Illuminations’ is a carefree spirit searching for a release. The aforementioned single ‘Sometimes’ opens the album. Not for the last time here, a strong Echo and The Bunnymen influence looms but with a hazier touch. The chorus scratches around the edges of Stone Roses levels of euphoria, not bad for a first effort.
‘Careless’ and ‘Mouthwash’ also maintain sense of intemperance. The former takes the dreamy landscapes of Tame Impala and injects them the urgency of pop music. ‘Mouthwash’ on the other hand, is more direct with a New Order soul which is hard to dislike.
When your influences are the illuminati of the indie world, it’s tough to punch your way into their realm. Lusts, for the most part have walked that fine line just right. ‘Temptation’ aptly has Bernard Sumner vocal in tandem with looping Psychedelic Furs guitars.
Title track ‘Illuminations’ may sit in the shadows of the Bunnymen’s ‘Lips Like Sugar and ‘Bring On The Dancing Horses’ but its not to be ignored. The only thing preventing it standing alongside the scousers is the absence of Ian McCulloch’s great vocals.
Sadly the album does offer up some filler in ‘Waves’, ‘Bad Weekend’ and ‘Fountain of Love’ which, lend the album an unwanted perception of repetitiveness.
That said, the pro’s far outweighthe cons and if they drop these tracks for more experimental bugged out numbers like ‘Attraction’ then their next offing will see them striding towards the big time.