De Lux

De Lux

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    In anticipation of the LA duo’s upcoming fourth album, De Lux are releasing a string of singles and two EPs. The first EP, titled Uneven, contains three new songs brimming with a newfound playful confidence that is the result of throwing out the old playbook and embracing the uncomfortable unknown. After writing, performing, recording, and producing three albums themselves, they’ve traded their typically hermetic recording process at their Burbank studio for a more collaborative experience. This time Sean and Isaac invited the members of their live band to record to tape at Jonny Bell’s Jazzcat Studio in Long Beach, CA. While De Lux has always been able to write immediately danceable and quirky pop songs with a strong dose of wit, these recordings get the sonic boost they deserve to match the quality and camaraderie of their intense and acclaimed live performances. 

    On De Lux’s first two albums the duo tackled the innocence of youth and generational anxiety. More Disco Songs About Love smashed them together to create an ambitious party record about all sorts of stuff you didn’t know you could love. This go-around Sean and Isaac are still funny and profound and their sound remains easy to groove to, but the band is more influenced by the fun 80’s new wave of the Tom Tom Club and the experimentation and imagery of The Clash’s “Sandinista!” than cerebral DFA era disco.

    "On and On (Till the End of Us)" is the first song on the EP. It starts with an unrelenting hiccup of a beat followed by disarming 8 bit beeps and boops before fidgety Chic style guitars and otherworldly strings come in that sound as if they could be the soundtrack to an intergalactic mission to save your home planet from being obliterated. Sean Guerin’s faraway sounding vocals are delivered with an urgency that makes you feel like you’re the world’s last hope.

    Even though the music is dark and the lyrics foreboding, De Lux somehow wrote a pop song filled with hook after hook and a fat, high-fidelity, surround sound groove in a way only they could do. 

    "Something’s Never Break" is about old habits dying hard. The lyrics tow the line between earnestness and irony throughout the song, making you wonder if they’re sung with a wink or a nod. The band’s special brand of cheeky social commentary rewards the listener with some of their best one liners: “I hope one day/I can make enough money/So I can have an opinion/And I don't have to fake it.” 

    It’s got a trance inducing off kilter synth intro and guitars that sound like they’re melting in slow motion as Sean puts on a character that sounds like an extension of the sort of musical theatre he performed in past songs like "Oh Man the Future" and "Music Snob." While his character can’t seem to change his life, the song might change yours.

    “What’s Life”, a song written for a wedding scene in Bill & Ted Face the Music that is lyrically more appropriate for getting your groove back after a messy divorce (which is probably why it didn’t end up in the movie), is an earnest feel good song about living your best life and enjoying the little things. It’s infectious, punchy beat and bopping synth bass line that buoy Guerin’s contagiously joyous ponderings of “Oh, what’s life?” keep it from ever feeling too cheesy or insipid. Sean says it’s “Basically just like a ‘don’t worry about so many things, don’t worry about your age, it’s not over til it’s over’ kind of song. I wrote it for a Bill & Ted movie, but it didn’t get chosen and that’s life.” 

    De Lux killed their ego so that you could dance on it’s grave. As Isaac says, “I feel like there is a sense of responsibility with the people we have met on the road and the people who have sent us these thoughtful letters or shared their experiences about De Lux with us.” The band is more than fulfilling their duties with Uneven. Like Sean sings in "What’s Life," - - “If something slips/Then I'll just go sliding with you.” De Lux is here for you.

    In anticipation of the LA duo’s upcoming fourth album, De Lux are releasing a string of singles and two EPs. The first EP, titled Uneven, contains three new songs brimming with a newfound playful confidence that is the result of throwing out the old playbook and embracing the uncomfortable unknown. After writing, performing, recording, and producing three albums themselves, they’ve traded their typically hermetic recording process at their Burbank studio for a more collaborative experience. This time Sean and Isaac invited the members of their live band to record to tape at Jonny Bell’s Jazzcat Studio in Long Beach, CA. While De Lux has always been able to write immediately danceable and quirky pop songs with a strong dose of wit, these recordings get the sonic boost they deserve to match the quality and camaraderie of their intense and acclaimed live performances. 

    On De Lux’s first two albums the duo tackled the innocence of youth and generational anxiety. More Disco Songs About Love smashed them together to create an ambitious party record about all sorts of stuff you didn’t know you could love. This go-around Sean and Isaac are still funny and profound and their sound remains easy to groove to, but the band is more influenced by the fun 80’s new wave of the Tom Tom Club and the experimentation and imagery of The Clash’s “Sandinista!” than cerebral DFA era disco.

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