LEMURIA: The Distance Is So Big: CD/LP

Nov 13, 2013

Until I saw Lemuria live just over a year ago, I had the band pegged as a pop punk trio that seemed to be quite popular with younger indie music fans. The live experience, however, opened my ears to a sound that was less conventional than I had imagined, and which sent me reeling a bit, given how so intense the performance was. I was instantly sold. The Distance Is So Big is Lemuria’s third album and it continues the upward trajectory that each subsequent release has taken over its predecessor. It is packed with a plethora of hummable tunes that are instantly infectious. The ace in the pack with Lemuria is the highly effective percussion courtesy of Alex Kearns, who uses his drums more as an instrument than just something to keep time with. It’s reminiscent of Burning Airlines and perhaps it’s no surprise that J Robbins has produced this and the band’s previous long player, as there are definitely similarities to be heard between both bands. The other major plus point would be Sheena Ozzella’s vocals which are, at times, beautifully paper thin, working in tandem with those of Kearns, whose voice is more one dimensional, yet highly listenable. And without a doubt, “Public Opinion Bath” is easily one of my favorite songs of the year, although it is one of many gems on the album.

 –Rich Cocksedge (Bridge 9, [email protected], bridge9.com)