Julie Campbell (AKA Lonelady) releases sophomore LP ‘Hinterland’ this week and its content should come with a “Made in Manchester” stamped firmly across its cover.
Not only was the album recorded there but its content is a real throw-back to the halcyon days of Joy Division and New Order. These bands seem to inspire throughout the 9 track release and provide an accomplished follow up to 2010’s ‘Nerve Up’. Whether the late 80’s/early 90’s production is deliberate, or not, should be of no real consequence as the overall release certainly has enough latter-day character about it to stand-out in its own right.
The album certainly starts at an impressive pace with ‘Into the Cave’, ‘Bunkerpop’, ‘Groove it Out’ and standout track of the LP ‘Hinterland’ leaving you in no doubt that the artist means business. All four are impressive tracks and each have appeared on mainstream radio over the past few months, all contain wonderful baselines and hooks that the aforementioned bands would be proud of. However, while the album retains its nostalgic feel it dips after it’s busy introduction. ‘Red Scrap’ and ‘(I Can See) Landscapes’ disappoint, while the remainder of the LP simply doesn’t have the wow-factor of its introductory tracks.
This is not a poor album by any means but there’s a monotony to it that is hard to shake. Even after a number of listens i found myself getting lost in its content and almost having to restart my mental review each time.
This is certainly progress from the artists debut but its clear there is better to come.
‘Hinterland’ is out now on ‘Warp Records’
The full track-listing for ‘Hinterland’ is as follows…
Into the Cave
Groove It Out
(I Can See) Landscapes
Mortar Remembers You
You can see ‘Lonelady’ live at one of these venues…
7th April 2015 – Broadcast, Glasgow
8th April 2015 – Bodega Social, Nottingham
10th April 2015 – Oslo, London
13th April 2015 – Louisiana, Bristol
14th April 2015 – Haunt, Brighton