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EP Review: ‘Little Red Lung’ by Little Red Lung

I got introduced to the magical musicality of Little Red Lung when I was prepping this preview for LadyFest 2012. The band’s ethereal, layered sound hooked me and once I saw them live I was just that much more impressed. The friend I dragged along had the quote of the evening with “you weren’t kidding, they’re good… like too good for this bar.” I’ve had their self-titled EP in heavy rotation for days (and it will absolutely stay that way). So I wanted to share this interesting, alternative-indie quartet with all you lovelies. Find their EP here on Spotify and here on BandCamp (downloadable for $5, killer). My little synopsis below will hopefully usher you into the wonderful world of Little Red Lung … come along.

The first tune on Little Red Lung’s self-titled EP, “50 Fingers,” sets the bar damn high for what to expect. Showcasing singer Zoe-Ruth Erwin’s vocal range, the tune starts in a delicate tone. The transition to the boot-stomping body of the song allows the power of Erwin’s voice to come through and the harmonizing is positivelyhaunting. With a mystical nature to many of the songs and a band fronted by a red-headed siren, the comparisons to Florence + The Machine will undoubtedly be drawn. However, where I find a monotony in listening to a lot of Flo’s music (trust me, I still love her) Little Red Lung’s genre-bending tunes command my attention. String sections layered with solid guitar and bass riffs by Ali Nikou and Rob Hume respectively on “Rare Bird” meander along with rhythmic drumming by Nathan Kondor. The song is a solid representation of a band that experiments with a variety of styles and comes up with a distinctive sound. With six songs in all, the “Little Red Lung” EP creates a dreamy atmosphere and paints vivid pictures with poetic lyrics. “Strangling Tree” wraps up the EP with a tune that creates an immediate urgency while quick beats are contrasted by slowly mounting vocals. A theatrical nature comes through in this and a few of the other songs. I’d expect to hear this one on the soundtrack for a Tim Burton flick, and I mean that in a good way. Overall Little Red Lung is entrancing both melodically and lyrically. I implore you to give it a listen, step into another realm, and lemme know what you think in the comments below!

I’m campaigning hard to get them back to San Diego but you can catch them around the wild West on the following dates:

June 11 – Tom Grainey’s (Boise, ID)
June 12 – Kilby Court (Salt Lake City, UT)
June 13 – Film Bar (Phoenix, AZ)
June 16 – LACMA – for Muse Art Walk (Los Angeles, CA)
June 22 – Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, CA)

The band will also be premiering a video for “50 Fingers” at the June 22 show, when I get my  hands on it I’ll post it everywhere I can think of. Natch.

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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

3 comments on “EP Review: ‘Little Red Lung’ by Little Red Lung

  1. Very interesting sound! And no doubt Florence + The Machine comparisons will, most certainly, be drawn. Actually drew the same comparison to Everyday Superheroes lead singer Frances Mitchell in an article I posted yesterday! http://thescenewithjt.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/everyday-superheroes-2/
    Well written article. I look forward to reading some more of your work :)

  2. [...] EP Review: ‘Little Red Lung’ by Little Red Lung – LadyFest’s greatest gift to me was finding this band. I have a supreme girl-crush on singer Zoe-Ruth Erwin. She is made of awesome. <3 [...]

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