Words: Linn Branson
Oh yes, we love New Lovers, and we love this second single (released November 19) from their forthcoming album, 'Performance' (due next February) a whole bunch too.
Little Indie featured the Sydney post-punk quartet here back in September with the album's lead cut 'Fatal Shore' where we made much of Nick Elias' very effective - and affecting - baritone. He manages to deliver an equally engrossing delivery here on 'Impunity'.
While there is more of an upbeat driving rhythm to 'Impunity' - along with some rippling keys from Thomas Adams - than was to be found on its darker predecessor, the lyrics cast an intriguing punch, as Nick explains.
"The lyrics offer fragments to a narrative," he tells us, "to which there is no resolve. A femme fatale, granted impunity because 'she was so good looking' - while the protagonists (Jesus and the Monkey Man) vanish and then reappear in low-grade business deals, while her daddy is the shadowed metaphor: the portrait of Dorian Grey, locked and hidden away in the basement. The lyrics originated from a screen play I was writing, a sort of film noire set on a generic highway and a generic city - the city backdrop of crime and the lack of resolve."
Little Indie appears to be the only UK-based blog currently lauding this band. Kudos for us maybe, but the rest are surely missing out.
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