Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons

Lemon Jelly are a mysterious instrumental duo who create sunny aural landscapes of undulating beats and warm synth swells, homespun string samples and comfortably worn woodwind accents.  It’s an enigmatic yet inviting soundscape, enveloping and indulging the listener – a place to live, cocooned in gentle bliss.  In this sense they could be considered, in a reductive way, as a Boards of Canada sibling who woke up on the right side of the bed.

LemonJelly-LostHorizons

Downtempo post-trip hop is often looked upon with condescending eyes, and for good reason.  Beginning with the striking, exotic feel of early stalwarts Air, Thievery Corporation, and even Zero 7, most notable acts gentrified into a nearly adult-contempo vibe.  The lowest common denominators of this sound are what I would consider “Starbucks music” – wallpaper to soothe yuppies as they drink overpriced milkshakes over a laptop.  It’s only to the music connoisseur’s detriment that this fact obscures numerous incredible acts, leaving us out in the cold, unaware of the innovative treasures obscured behind the prominent bland façade of upwardly mobile coffeehouse bands.

Well enough with the negative.  Time for positive:  This is an uplifting album, as enthusiastic in its aim to please as a new puppy.  There’s nothing abrasive or truly strange jutting out of the copacetic mix, no jarring transitions or moments where the proverbial rug is pulled from under the listener.  What it lacks in moments of surprise it more than compensates with waves of agape-tinged, playfully melodic tones from the first track onward.  It’s a dreamy world of laid-back grooves ensconced in cozy atmospheres.  It’s an album-length getaway to the summertime destination of your choice, ready any time you are.

[cop this groovy masterpiece at cd universe (and check out their classy list of semi-related albums) or place an order at the always reliable amazon.  or try to find the vinyl, as the artwork is widely considered gorgeous]

About David James

I try to do good in life. I strive to help others. My drive is to open minds, and make someone feel better. Sharing art aids in achieving this. Writing is what I do. Music is my passion.

Posted on May 12, 2009, in Music and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. YES! SWEET WIN!
    Great album with a modern cover, you nailed the review.

  2. Love this album…..but ’64-’95 is truly a masterpiece.

  3. heh forgot about this one!

  4. I always thought this was a guilty pleasure. Need to find this in my collection and give it another spin. Although I think I had it on mighty Mini-Disk. Can’t stand that “Ducks are swimming in the water” thing though.

    • optimistic_tour

      oh awesome! i used to have a minidisc player! i absolutely loved that thing, used it all the time. some douchebag stole it for drug money or something. :/

      • you guys should release your SSSP Greatest Hits on MiniDisk only.

        • optimistic_tour

          Oh I would LOVE to release music on minidisc. It’s unfortunate that since they’re not popular, blank discs are expensive. I need to find a new MD player…

          • crossproduct

            I have like 25 unused minidiscs somewhere… too bad I live on the other side of the Atlantic ;) Gonna check out this album now.

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