Review: Louis London

The Big Deep EP
November 17, 2013

The Big Deep is the second EP from Sydney pop-outfit Louis London. A four-track offering, it’s a powerful showcase of the band’s obvious talents. Building on the success of their first EP, Louis London have returned with a definite step forwards in the development of their music. From their genesis on the Sydney live music scene, Louis London are beginning to flesh out their own sound and style.

We’re Not Alone is the strongest track on the album, surprisingly complex and anthemic, driven by a beautiful, rolling guitar-line that dissolves into an emotive yet subtle bridge, underlaid by a deft use of harmonies.

Lead singer Ed Saloman’s voice is strong enough to carry the band through the entirety of the EP, capable of showing in equal parts, strength and vulnerability, passion and tenderness, almost Jeff Buckley-esque when hitting falsetto. Opening track, Grand, is a fine showcase of his vocal range, with Saloman jumping from the searing highs in the introduction to a more sincere indie-rock warble as the track progresses.

The Big Deep is a melodious affair, with layers of swirling guitars and rolling falsettos laid upon each other in a style reminiscent of The Cure and late 90s pop maestros Cordrazine, and at times showing shades of more energetic pop along the lines of Asobi Seksu or a less self-aware Pixies. Louis London are a group with a lot of promise, so keep your ears pricked for an upcoming album.

Louis London’s The Big Deep EP is out now. The band are embarking on a national tour that begins this week.