Photo by Tom Palliser
Go ahead: Try to listen to London shoegazers Lull without thinking of a lean, mean, Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins, or a slightly less muddy, slightly more melodic version of My Bloody Valentine. Those are the two groups Lull are most often compared to, and it’s never done in an insulting way. The group’s sound is based on the age-old art of dynamics, fluctuating between twinkly, crystalline guitar leads and riffs so muscular they could bench-press their weight in decibels. When frontman Jon Billinge’s lyrics kick in, we also get a whiff of Sunny Day Real Estate at their Diary peak.
At least that’s the case on Lull’s new single “Nouvelle”, the title track off their forthcoming sophomore EP. A heavy-as-hell riff kicks off this cherubic rocker (get it?), but the song shifts to a slower, more contemplative tone in its midsection. “‘Nouvelle’ was meant to signal a fresh kind of mindset,” Billinge notes. “At its core, it’s just about living in the moment, rather than picking things apart that don’t matter in the grand scheme of things.” Rather than pick this song apart any further, how about we just let you listen to the damn thing.
Psst. Nouvelle is set to arrive worldwide on June 24th via PaperCup Music.
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