Album Review: Plum – Light Years, Dark Years EP
Shhh… before you start reading this review, I want you to click the play icon on the first track of this album. Do you feel it? Do you feel that sway? That swagger? Mmhmm. It’s absolutely fantastic! If you don’t like the title track of Plum’s “Light Years, Dark Years” of this album, seriously what are you even doing on an indie music website? Okay so maybe that’s a little harsh. But seriously question your priorities dudes and dudettes. This is an outstanding band with an incredible… wait for it… DEBUT freaking album.
The title track “Light Years, Dark Years” has serious Led Zeppelin influence. Like some of these guitar licks might owe somebody money. But that’s okay but they’re the most amazing rock ear candy I’ve heard in a really long time. The attitude on the opener is 100% rock n’ roll. The album transitions perfectly to a Pink Floyd-esque second track “Cosmic Vice.” Together, the two tracks give the listener the sense that this is not a band to be fussed with; they’re to be rocked out to for hours on end. One of the sweet elements of “Cosmic Vice” are the tight harmonies and full, resonating guitars. As it all blends together (including a perfectly soothing minor chord progression), you’ll find yourself drawn in like it’s 1975.
“Drip” begins with a guitar hook to die for… then when the blues backbeat enters, along with a vocal that legit sounds like the Beatles, the song is just made to be a hit in the 1970s. The rhythm is one of the most evocative parts of the album. Some of the psychedelic elements of this track really transcend the overall performance in some fascinating ways. The lyrics are pretty much totally muddled out, but the ethos of the piece is powerful enough to make it totally okay.
“Love is in the Air” is a really ripper. The groove is cool and the guitars are hot. The main element to the song that I enjoy is that the melody rides the rhythm like a wave. It doesn’t vary too much, but keeps itself interesting. In a word, it’s hypnotic. Interestingly enough I’m not the only one who finds this music hypnotic since the last track is called “Hypnagaga.” It’s an appropriately paranoid track, dripping with intriguing lyrics about a breaking relationship and a bit of self reflection. It all comes together (including some fantastic guitars again) for a real addictive rock sound.
By the time you get to the end of this EP, you’ll really just be asking for more. It’s a tight rock outfit from both guitars and vocals. It’s not every day that I run across a rock band that I can dig this much. Through the entire album you’ll find yourself bobbing your head and smiling like, “wow, I didn’t know they still made music like this.” They do. Now, share this with your favorite uncle, because odds are he would love it.