Review: Chasing Shadows – The Lost Patrol

Chasing Shadows The Lost PatrolWhen I last heard Lost Patrol music, it was on Driven, their 2013 album (reviewed here) of great songs. On that album, they went through a brilliant store of tunes that draws attention to their lush sounds. And with their sounds an ever fresh hybrid of jangly guitars, sultry and enticing vocals, and evocative original songs that hang around in your head for a while, it is easy to be absorbed. On their newest work, Chasing Shadows, The Lost Patrol own it yet again.

I’ve said in the past that Cocteau Twins is a template of a sort for this band. That’s not a bad thing to say as the band brings a great vibe to what Cocteau Twins left behind. You could say that The Lost Patrol is this generation’s best report of a beautiful and unique Rock and Roll sound and experience. Listen to this album’s “Too Hard, Too Fast” to see just what I’m talking about. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.

Chasing Shadows begins its journey with “Creeper”, a song that uses a gothic-like vocal performance by the engaging Mollie Israel, who has such a wide range of voice so as to attend to all of the musical needs of this band. It’s a slow but  effective opener to an album that surprises throughout. The album kicks into high gear with the previously mentioned “Too Hard, Too Fast” (checked it out yet?), and being followed the french-language “S’enfuir” ballad, and the subsequent song that should be a hit single, “Trust Me”.

With five more songs for you to discover (I LOVE “I’m 28”, and the exciting “Hurricane” tracks!), I can’t recommend enough that you listen to Chasing Shadows, or, for that matter, any of their previous albums. Then you will be able to see with ease that the band just gets better and better. Chasing Shadows is a superior work in their growing catalog, eclipsing all of their previous works. That is high praise as The Lost Patrol is one of these bands that is worthy of your full attention.

Release Date: September 15, 2014
Label: Self-Released
Website – Bandcamp
Website – Official
Availability: CD

–Matt Rowe

Beach Boys Classic, Pet Sounds, In BD-Audio for December

Beach Boys Pet Sounds BDAudioBlu-ray Audio (BD-Audio) is an up and coming premium audio package loved by the audiophiles that are willing to go the extra mile to relive their favorites.  and I support it highly. And while I’m a Stereo purist, I do love the 5.1 for my friends that love it. And there are many of you. Of course, not all BD-Audios boast of 5.1.

Today, I’m told that Pet Sounds, the 1966 Beach Boys classic that delivered “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, and “God Only Knows” to a generation of appreciative  fans, will be reissued as a BD-Audio come December 9 via Capitol Records. There is not enough information to determine whether there will be a 5.1 mix, but at least we know that this album in Stereo purity will be ours.

Lucky fans!