Article by Simona Milani
I find it increasingly difficult nowadays to find bands that know what it means to write an album with a capital A, usually you have songs thrown together just to fill a tracklist and nothing more.
With LostAlone you can’t go wrong.
The Derby-based band made us wait for five years for I’m a UFO In This City, but it was really worth it.
The title of the album itself is a very strong statement in which I can see myself completely, and then listening to it you can’t help but love this sound which reminds you of old times while still remaining modern and very relevant.
With the opening track, “Obey the rules you lose” you enter in a theatrical atmosphere, to continue with the second released single “Love will eat you alive”, catchy and with a chorus that gets into your head and doesn’t seem to want to get out.
“Lost in the world, trying to find out who we are. We’ve evolved to the part when we don’t know that we’re alive” is repeated like an echo immersed in the engaging and powerful melody of “Uforia” (The dark). Meaningful, period.
Next is my favorite song of the album, “Vesuvius”, where virtuosity and passion rule. You can hear in every single note the feeling that this band puts in what they do and it is one of the rarest and most extraordinary things to find.
I don’t want to be too subjective but I find it difficult because like in this case, bands capture me with the deep meanings of the lyrics and the genius of their sound and LostAlone are fully included in that category.
If Steven Battelle gives his best vocal performance in “Orchestra of Breathing” reaching ridiculous high notes, “Do you get what you pray for?” is the heaviest song of the album, pure and raw. “We are the Archaeology of the Future Past” has a Muse’s style aftertaste even if it still mantains a strong characterization.
“The Downside of Heaven is the Upside of Hell”closes the album with dirty bass lines and solo choirs that give you goosebumps.