The Lilas 
Out of the Sky into the Sea
/free union; 2004/



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It’s pretty rare for us to review singles but this one is special to me, as it is a long awaited, unexpected and cheering record (read the forthcoming cellar on Lauren Hoffman). The Lilas are Lauren Hoffman’s new band for her return in the business. Let me sum up the story for you.


After two excellent albums, Megiddo (1997) and From the Blue House (1999), she decided to quit the music business and go back to a more simple life without the pressure of music business. These records unquestionably appear on my top ten list of albums, equally fresh and melancholic, they are the perfect companion to my days of sorrow and happiness. And now she is back.


The title track, ‘Out of the Sky Into the Sea’ is pure Lauren’s style, her voice has not changed, still balancing between a tender moaning youngster and a small time diva of pop. It’s interesting to have the demo version she recorded by herself as a b-side, with accordion and keyboards adding alternatively joyfulness or melancholy throughout the song. In opposition, the full band version is not only Lauren with a band. It has an atmosphere of its own. ‘Something better than this’ hesitates between pop and sad pop. The title suggests a feeling of unacomplishment that suits me well. Along with ‘Solipsist’, the music is balancing between different opposite states of mind. Slowdown melodic verses versus catchy chorus or reversed. The drums on the chorus of ‘Solipsist’ are almost disco, at least surprisingly dancing. This song introduces Karmen as a second vocalist, not just background vocals, this is a two singers work. It surprised me at first and now I understand why this is not a Lauren Hoffman record. It’s The Lilas. The four of them take on her past and appropriate it, moving forward as a four-piece band now. Let’s hope an album is on the way. SEB WOOd said I should listen to The Throwing Muses, …?


She is just the girl of my dreams but it seems that my dreams never come true.


-Angus ‘fumar puede matar’ Anderson

/may 1st 2004/