So close... so far
Recognizable is a qualifier that fits to describe the Lotus Feed's sound. The Germans have an unequivocal Post-Punk DNA but also modified through classic New Wave frequencies and some Alternative mutations. Their sources of inspiration are as different each other as the look of the band mates is. The songs they write seem to be the result of a democratic sharing of ideas during the creative process. Probably, this is the intrinsic factor that makes their music special.
After the release of "A different place" in 2011, the Cologne-based quartet returned with their best work to date "So close... so far" which clearly makes this band worthy of a more prominent role in the scene. Meaningfully titled, this album appeals to a nostalgia for the old sounds throughout its thirteen tracks though they are contemporaly executed. All the compositions pivote around the prominent bass throbs (played in a classic Post-Punk way) and the tribal drumming (almost like worshipping the early repertoire of New Model Army). Alex's distinctive vocal games - twirling around the melodies and almost recited when the lyrics so require it - together with the broad New Wave guitars spectrum (bringing to mind 80s legends such as The Church or The Cure and Alternative hints in the like of groups like Editors, for instance, provide enough variation to keep the things interesting. The record also includes an exciting, yet risky, cover of The Chameleons' "Second Skin", performed successfully their way but without distorting the classic original essence.
After fifteen years, Lotus Feed seems to have found the definitive keys of their sound styling. "So close... so far" is both intense and melodic album with no fillers. Highly recommended album whether you're a graying militant as if you are the new kid in the gothic town.
Review by Billyphobia