LegoHeads aka Landon Trimble is a solo act from Vancouver, Canada who labels his music “ambient pop.” I was intrigued by the label but found it a little misleading. When I think of ambient music I think of artists like Brian Eno, Stars of the Lid and William Basinski come to mind. To my ears his album The Space Between was a well executed pop album period.
In fact the songs often try to be so epic and intense in scope that the last thing I would label this as is ambient. As I was scanning his facebook page I noticed he mentioned Bon Iver was an influence but really didn’t pick up on this. The band I thought more often was Coldplay although there were others that came to mind as well.
Trimble’s songs in general feel more founded in radio ready pop then anything else. There are plenty of catchy hooks along with fairly familiar production techniques that aren’t cutting edge but easy to appreciate. Trimble pulls off quite a lot for a one-man act. If he is pushing the boards, creating the synths lines, on top of writing hooks, singing and more he is one talented guy to be pulling all of that off.
Up first is “Headlights.” Something about the slightly funky groove reminded me of Justin Timberlake but the bridge was a little more atmospheric before smoothly segueing into an almost Phoenix like chorus. “My Body Will” is really epic and the first time I thought of Coldplay but “Pull Me Under” perhaps even tops that in the last minute. I was hoping for a breather after listening to these two songs back to back. Trimble delivers with “The Void” which is a catchy, feel good song that would sound prefect in a hip lounge.
“Who Would Run” was a solid track. Trimble pulls off the falsetto which I wanted more of. As the album progresses he has more success with “When I Drink” and “Memories” and somewhat ironically ends with “Here at the Edge (Outro) which is the one track that I considered somewhat ambient.
Trimble accomplished a lot here from the song creation to the exceptional recording quality. There is a lot of pop music that makes me cringe. This is not that. In fact pop music needs more artists like Trimble out there.
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