Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be delving into two new tunes from Lovers of Fiction, a Portland, Maine-based indie rock outfit. The group, consisting of Dan Sonenberg, a composer and university professor alongside three of his former students, is preparing a full record due out in December. ‘The Long Overdue will feature eleven new tunes. Now, though, there are two of those songs available to download. (For free!) Let’s get into them.
Even though Lovers of Fiction hails from Portland, Maine, they sound more like an act from Portland, Oregon. Their blend of indie rock is immediately compelling, perhaps most notably due to its high level of musical prowess. ‘So Simple,’ the first of the two new songs, is a dynamic endeavor through an incredible sonic landscape. I haven’t heard such thunderously fantastic percussion out of an indie group in a long time. The intricacy of the sound is the key to its success. Even though the band embraces a power-pop style in these songs, the instrumental complexity of the compositions is awing.
‘Another Song’ is a contrast to ‘So Simple,’ but it still has the same elements that make its predecessor click: pop sensibility clashing with elegant composition. ‘Another Song’ is the defiant highlight of this brief release. I love how the sound is inherently complicated, but eccentric and free-willed. It’s as if the band showed up in the studio, turned on some room mics, and jammed the hell out of the song. It has that romping banter akin to Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes,’ which is a very difficult atmosphere to create.
You have your work cut out for you if you want to classify Lovers of Fiction. They’re a glorious hodgepodge of half a dozen different genres and artists. If you took Nick Lowe, Roxy Music, David Bowie, and a handful of other influences and blended them... you may have something slightly similar to the Lovers of Fiction. That’s what I love about them: they aren’t the ‘next’ anything. Nobody wants to be that. You want to be the next you. The Lovers of Fiction are a breed of their own. Check them out below and download the tracks. (And throw a few bucks their way. Or better yet, pre-order the record. Money well spent.)