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From Indian Lakes – Everything Feels Better Now | Album Review

From Indian Lakes are back with album #4, Everything Feels Better Now. Check out what we thought of it here.

Source: Album Artwork

Source: Album Artwork

From Indian Lakes are back with 2016’s dreamiest album, Everything Feels Better Now. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Radiohead and MGMT, multi-instrumentalist Joey Vannucchi has delivered a sensory experience unlike any other.

Toeing the line somewhere between shoegaze and electronic-driven-indie, the Californian’s 4th full-length release is far more than a treat for your ears. The silky tones of 80s synth and multi-layered guitar works as a beautiful combination and evokes all manner of influences. The best way to describe this may be an amalgamation of The Cure and Tame Impala, via S U R V I V E‘s Stranger Things soundtrack.

Happy Machines‘ kicks the album off and is the source of the album’s title, starting as little more than a keyboard’s whisper and swelling to a fuzzy, complex crescendo, all under Vannucchi’s honey-sweet vocals. ‘Blank Tapes‘ is an early highlight of the track, although at 4.59 minutes it begins to feel like it runs on for half a minute too long, but the guitar solo towards the end allows Vannucchi to showcase even more of his talents to fantastic effect.

The discordant keys of ‘Bare It‘ prove to be an earworm and this is one of the songs that will slosh about in your head for the rest of the week and ‘Hello‘ is so beautifully understated that you cannot help but fall in love with the acoustic hooks and looping vocals. This is truly a song to relax and fall asleep to.

Before long, however, a lot of the content begins to sound familiar and were it not for the rare pick up of tempo on ‘Feel Love‘ or ‘Sunlight‘, some listeners may begin to fall asleep for the wrong reasons.

That isn’t to say the album is bad – far from it, in fact. This is one of the nicest sounding and best-produced albums we have heard this year and although it may appeal to a niche, that niche will be so pleased to have uncovered one of 2016’s true gems.

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