M for Empathy

Lomelda - M for Empathy
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2019 Ratings: #828
March 1, 2019 / Release Date
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Double Double Whammy / Label
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M for Meh. I loved the previous Lomelda albums. they were different, ambitious, and challenging. I don't know what this is. it sounds like she wrote half or two-thirds of a song and then recorded a demo take. eleven times. or actually ten times since that outro should not count as a song. M may also be for Minimalism but that means restraining the sound or instrumentation, not simply writing half songs or partial songs. M for Meretricious.

M for Empathy is the most stripped-back you can get. Quiet vocals, softly strummed guitars, and not much else past a single piano note here and there. These songs need to be fleshed out further--if they were, we might have one of the best indie folk albums of the year. Instead, we have the folk equivalent of a beat tape. These are barely finished products. What we have is pretty good, but we could really use some more. Come on, Lomelda. Give the kids what they want!
It's 11 enjoyable ideas that I wouldn't really call full songs. If you've got 16 minutes I'd recommend a listen if just for the novelty.
After their accomplished and exceptionally pretty 2017 album “Thx” generated some word-of-mouth buzz, Lomelda appeared poised for an indie breakout moment. Which makes the 11 song, 16 minute long, profoundly intimate and lo-fi “M for Empathy” all the more surprising a statement. Most of the songs on “M for Empathy” are more like unfinished sketches; it’s the sort of album you’d expect to uncover digging back to the earliest depths of ... read more
Pleasant and sparse but leaves me asking....what is this?
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Track List

  1. Talk
  2. Bust
  3. Bunk
  4. M for Magic
  5. M for Mush
  6. Tell
  7. So Bad 1, Girl
  8. Slide
  9. So Bad 2, Care
  10. M for Me
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Added on: February 27, 2019