conversations with myself about you
lovelytheband just dropped their sophomore album conversations with myself about you. It’s the follow up to their 2018 album finding it hard to smile and it’s an improvement. The band didn’t do a ton of different things with this record, but what they did is noticeable. Their style? It’s contemporary alternative synth-pop with some nuanced/odd elements that are specific to Mitchy Collins and lovelytheband.
conversations with myself about you starts out with a cool intro to set the tone for the rest of the album. It’s the title track but it’s not exactly a song and not exactly an interlude either. It’s a song with the words ‘conversations with myself about you’ edited together in several different ways. It’s odd but it aptly sets the tone for the rest of the album. What follows is lovelytheband’s best music to date. “buzz cut”, “loneliness for love”, “I hate myself” and “idwgtyp” are all highlights but the whole album is stellar.
The production/mixing/mastering has its own sound and its own style. There’s something different with lovelytheband’s latest record – the actual sonics of the final product has its own personality. There’s a warmth to it that you don’t really hear in everything now. It’s like the digital version of vinyl, there’s enough reverb and other effects and enough of scaled back production on vocals and different elements of this music that it sounds like the digital version of beloved medium. The personality of the production is a personal favorite part of the record, but you can’t discredit the multiple things the band does well on the record. The songwriting here following up a song like “broken” is impressive. Most bands would try and put similar songs like that together repeatedly – not this one. There’s different elements and layers to these songs and they’re all completely different from the band’s biggest hit to date.
lovelythebands latest is a better album than their last one. The collection of songs is stronger, and the production should be the standard for bands in the modern era where they have to make music in unconventional ways. If you’re looking for a great indie/pop/alternative record to listen to, listen to this one.