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Dark Matter

by The Lost Patrol

Revolutionary, dark and dreamy, eerily seductive. This is music that is coming to get you, and once your hooked, you'll want to listen to it over and over again. Cinematic, powerful and unique.
Genre: Pop: Dark Wave
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Calling Your Own Name
4:02 $0.99
2. Nobody There
2:55 $0.99
3. In Your Blood
3:05 $0.99
4. Leading the Blind
3:50 $0.99
5. These Days
2:29 $0.99
6. Lay In Wait
4:34 $0.99
7. Justine
3:46 $0.99
8. Before I Go
2:21 $0.99
9. Ever After
3:21 $0.99
10. Early Morning
3:27 $0.99
11. Play Me For A Fool
3:46 $0.99
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The Lost Patrol's finest hour!
If you would’ve told me that vocalist, Mollie Israel was singing karaoke and open mic nights, just 2 years prior to this album, I would’ve never believed it. How does talent this unsettling go undiscovered for so long? I say that not only of Israel and her captivating vocal capabilities, but for the band itself. “Dark Matter” is the band’s 7th full-length album (2nd with Israel). The A&R folks at labels both big and small should be ashamed of themselves. Considering the mediocrity of bands such as Howling Bells and The xx who can easily be likened to The Lost Patrol, but clearly not as good, why is this band still so far below the radar, whilst lesser bands prosper? Clearly, the “cream always rises to the top” is not an adage that applies to music.

Enough of the rant! Dark Matter is a stupendous effort of both music and production by a band that is completely on its own aural journey. When you look at the signposts for most bands, it’s usually pretty obvious what they’ve been listening to or who they’re trying to emulate. With The Lost Patrol, the source of their inspiration is more confusing than MapQuest directions. One minute, I’m hearing Siouxsie/Sisters era goth (“Calling Your Own Name”) and the next minute, I’m transported to 60s psychedelia with a Serge Leone spaghetti western slant (“Lay In Wait”). Throw in some Phil Spector girl-group splendor (“Before I Go”), a touch of Edith Piaf torch (“Play Me For A Fool”), some modern day spy film noir à la Lalo Schifrin (“Early Morning”), and you have a pretty good hint at what’s in store for “Dark Matter.” I say “hint” because that’s not all that’s up TLP’s sleeve. Cocteau Twins guitar explosions rear their gorgeous heads (“Justine”), while sparse yet beautiful Chameleons U.K./Interpol guitar moments shimmer (“Ever After”). And if you thought Steve Masucci was just a great guitarist, think again with bass heavy tracks such as (“Leading the Blind” and “In Your Blood”) – two songs that would have Steve Severin and Simon Gallup jealous as all get out. While this band can amp up that post-punk sense of urgency, they can also bring it down to something much more delicate and icy (“These Days” and “Nobody There.”).

Overall, this is the band’s best album bar none and easily one of the best CDs of 2010 that you most likely won’t see on Pitchfork’s or Spin’s year-end ‘best of’ lists. I hate to sound so vague, but if you like “music” you’ll love this CD.