For the most part, Past Lives hits the ground running, though I think the songs could stand to be a little more immediate. A little more gripping. Made up of some folks from bands such as Night Birds and the Measure, these three songs toe the line between shuddering melodies and a delicacy that rarely made or makes appearances in their other bands. And while it may just be me, Lauren Denitzio’s lyrics seem more confident here, or at least less obtuse, making them possibly the strongest element to this record. The closer, “Deconstruction Site,” carries the lightest touch of the three, and is probably my personal favorite. Good songs, if not always terribly engaging. I like this record just fine, but I’m also looking forward to hearing more from them.
–keith (No Idea)