Album Review: Curse of Lono – “As I Fell”
Curse of Lono have certainly been quick to follow up their debut with “As I Fell” landing just 15 months after their first effort “Severed”. That album was an impressive first effort, channelling the sort of late night barfly laments that brought back memories of everyone from Tom Waits to Nikki Sudden, via Tyla.
In terms of its content, “As I Fell” doesn’t really diverge too much from its predecessor as evidenced on the likes of “And It Shows” and “I’d Start A War For You”, but it’s definitely got more of a widescreen epic feel to it, always a good sign of a band growing in confidence. And anyway, if the formula’s not broke, sometimes there’s a lot to be said for not fixing it, as born out by the quite lovely “No Trouble” and album closer “Leuven”.
The hypnotic six minute epic “Kathleen” is a good sign of Curse of Lono striking out and pushing their boundaries a bit, and it’s to its credit that it doesn’t feel nearly as long as it is. Elsewhere, “Way To Mars” even shows a bit of a Cure style new wave influence (think “In Between Days” or similar) creeping in, as does the pounding bass on “Blackout Fever”. Meanwhile the world-weary “Tell Me About Your Love” is reminiscent of the Gaslight Anthem which is never a bad thing, and the desert ghost town lament of “The Affair” is pure spaghetti western territory.
Like its predecessor, “As I Fell” is more an album for quiet nights in than to kick out the jams to, but quite simply, Curse of Lono are very good at what they do, and it serves as proof that their growing profile is certainly no fluke. Good stuff.
Pretty much a straight continuation of Curse of Lono's debut but, rather like that album, "As I Fell" is a simple and heartfelt collection of tunes which is unafraid to wear its heart on its sleeve, and does so to quite lovely effect. If you need some music for the more quiet contemplative moments in your life this month then this is definitely well worth a listen.