Lazy Projector is a band from Kansas City, Missouri that formed in late 2018 and already released a ten-song album entitled evoco. The band has a palatable indie rock flavor. Their sound fits nice and snug into a genre some somewhere between bands like Spoon, Local Natives, Kevin Morby, Grizzly Bear and many more artists that float right beneath more mainstream acts in a much more artistically celebrated fashion. Suffice it to say if you find yourself at a “hip” local coffee shop (not the more corporate Starbucks), the songs off evoco would sound at home. I should make note that out of the aforementioned groups the band seems to have the most in common with Kevin Morby. The music itself often reminded me of Morby songs I have heard but also the vocalist Aaron Shinnhas has a similar inflection when he sings.
The album is well-rounded in a number of ways. There are plenty of grooves, hooks and a nice variety of textures and tones. They start with “Neon Light” which sounds a little like The Strokes expanded their sound and included airy synths into the mix. It’s ethereal with a hint of Americana and garage rock. On paper it sounds like a bit of a mess but they make it work quite well.
“Get Right” has single worthy indie gem written all over it. It’s got a good groove and is instantly infectious. The Morby influence is much more apparent on “Disco.” On that note the song was one of the best on the album. The band implements horns, cleaner grooves and vocal harmonies.
They show some sides to their sound with “Luna” which has some inventive textures while “Leave A Light On” has a more infectious hook and rocks out pretty hard. As the album progresses I felt the band provided plenty of variety to keep it interesting. I loved the moody, dark noir horns on “Pacific House.” It reminded me a bit of the horns off of Laughing Stock by Talk Talk. They even introduce another vocalist on the closer “White Flag”.
I’m honestly surprised the band was able to create this good of an album so quickly. The band is right there with a lot of the aforementioned acts. I think one more really good album and who knows where they could be. At any rate, you should have a very good idea at this point if this music is for you. Recommended.
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