4 highly enjoyable songs from this New Orleans collective; Critters is their 5th overall release and a highly polished collection of songs. Big, lush, dramatic and thunderous wouldn’t be off the mark and the use of French makes it a nice and clever touch.
“Laissez les Lazy” is catchy – a synth riff drives the track with big, echo-ey vocals that use call-and-response; it’s upbeat and joyful (really, all four songs are but this one in particular) and has a danceability about it. “Isle Dans la Mer” is an almost-classically arranged piece with its strings; it could be part of a theatrical production (there’s a lot going on in this track!); two vocals overlap and then heavy rhythm on the chorus which veers into French; “La Cheminee” rolls along at a near zydeco pace and is light and fun – subsequently, “Mon Espirit” is the most restrained of the 4 songs. Heavy on rhythm and opening in a stripped-down fashion with just vocals.
An interesting sound; an interesting approach. This E.P. is serving as the appetizer to their forthcoming album Creatures (!), so I’m looking forward to the next chapter.
Critters is available now