Two Loons for Tea | Nine Lucid Dreams (Sarathan)

cd_twoloonsNine Lucid Dreams, sounds like it escaped 1997 and somehow found its way into this century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Scott and Jonathan Kochmer combine soft-pop and trip-hop sensibilities to produce a relaxed, silky album, surrounding exaggerated female vocals with polite guitar/synth colorings with parallels to Portishead and Massive Attack. Where Two Loons for Tea strays from the pack is its incorporation of decidedly "jazzy" vocals and pseudo-Latin percussion.

Their latest effort, Nine Lucid Dreams, sounds like it escaped 1997 and somehow found its way into this century. Scott's delivery reminds me of an aging songstress at karaoke night over-emoting Sinatra tunes in an attempt to rekindle some sort of lost sexuality. She is talented, as is evident on songs like "Toxic Shellfish in the Sun," but the vaudevillian eroticism with which she croons strikes me as artificial.

As the album progresses, I find myself dozing off repeatedly as each song is more of the same. There is hardly any variability in tempo, emotion, length, or instruments from beginning to end. Occasionally, there's a track that's slightly more "tropical," such as "Consuela," but shortly thereafter the band returns to its comfort zone.

Maybe it's just not my cup of, ahem, tea. B+ in the mid-'90s/D- in 2007 | Glen Elkins

RIYL: Cibo Matto, Massive Attack, Portishead

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