We review the new EP from The Loves Lost

‘60s revival is prominent in this first EP from the Cambridge psych outfit. With inspirations including The Beatles and Pink Floyd, they have reached back through time to bring a bit of that sixties spirit back to 2022.

Child of the Universe begins ominously with distant clanging riffs hidden behind deep bellows. When a light jangling guitar rhythm does battle through it is joined by light, floaty vocals which soothe any anxiety that the intro bought. It sets the tone nicely with its minimalist instrumentals and brings a real sense of peacefulness that lays the foundations for what is to come.

It’s a vibe that is carried over seamlessly into Lunacy which follows. Whilst maintaining the relatively stripped-back aura that has already been laid down, a heavier rumbling of guitar, combined with the introduction of a few sparse keys are more prominent vocals give it a distinctly fuller sound, and at points edge it towards having a psychedelic edge.

Stop The World chooses to go the other way and from the start is clearly more acoustically inclined, relying on even fewer elements to carry it along. For me, this is the highlight of the release. Even with very little going on past the light vibrations of the acoustic guitar and the echoing vocals atop it, it transfixes you with its beauty and simplicity. We are introduced to a deeper electric guitar riff as the track moves on, but it knows where to stop itself and not interrupt the elements that really stick with you, the vocals and the lyrics.

We do carry on much in the same vain with Star Too Far. Although again a wonderful track packed full of heavenly melodies, it doesn’t quite reach the same levels as its predecessor, although that was a very tough task, to begin with. Its another track that hammers home a real ‘60s summer of love sort of sense, a feeling which you get all the way through the EP, and though it may not jump out and grab you by the throat the first time you hear it, it slowly but surely captivates you, and leaves you feeling better than before you heard it. What more can you ask for?

The closing track comes in Life’s Out To Kill You, which opens much in the same fashion as the EP originally did, with heavy sound effects battling the music, but this time much more piercing. Whereas we’ve preciously heard only mellow rumbles, they are joined here by sharp futuristic screeches which immediately make you take notice. Behind it all is more of the same, almost unaware of the effects the vocals continue to amble along preciously, giving it a real off-kilter feeling to bring their debut EP to a close.

It’s a bit out there this five-track offering. It takes some bravery to strip everything back and bare yourself to the world, but that’s what this EP does. The Woodstock generation influences are clear throughout and if there is one thing it does, its bring that peace, love and honesty feeling back in a time when there’s not so much of it. Sit back, shut your eyes, and get lost in its melodies.