EP Review Lava La Rue - Hi-Fidelity

The most decisive and assured Lava La Rue has sounded yet.

Lava La Rue - Hi-Fidelity

It’s been clear from the outset that the mission statement behind Lava La Rue is being the change they want to see. “When I was at school, I didn’t have anyone who looked like me making alternative music,” they said in the run-up to ‘Hi-Fidelity’ - an expansive and versatile EP that shows they can turn their hand to just about anything. The central focus here though, is golden sun-splashed psych. Opener ‘Don’t Trip’ packs a prickly heat as they flow zippily over the reclined groove, “Life too short to be lying / to tell yourself another excuse.” A standout moment comes with ‘Don’t Come Back’, a breakup anthem swelling with attitude as they sing atop of swampy Thundercat-style basslines: “It’s been a year and a couple weeks since you even passed my mind.” They even draft in pal Biig Piig for the glimmering and smooth title track which strides boldly into glistening indie territory. A release brimming with slow-burning summer classics, this is the most decisive and assured Lava La Rue has sounded yet.


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