[April Wilson | TV Director]
LUH (which stands for Lost Under Heaven) consists of Ellery Roberts and Ebony Hoorn. Ellery is familiar to some for being the frontman of WU LYF. Ebony is an audio-visual artist based in Amsterdam, where the pair now live, and co-directed the new video for ‘I&I’ with Florian Joahn.
LUH standing for Lost Under Heaven is hardly surprising; their music is very dreamlike and gives off the impression that its artists are lost in a trance. And in LUH’s debut album Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing, they truly embody the wispy quality that their name suggests. It’s the kind of music you have in the background while you’re working, but not something you’d necessarily listen and pay full attention to. Not to say that the music is unpleasant, but there is nothing that particularly grabs you about any of the songs. So much so that the songs in the album feel almost monotone. Despite this, the album is eclectic in its use of different components in each song; unsurprising considering the album was produced by The Haxan Cloak (known for his genre-bending experimental compositions and work on Björk’s Vulnicura album).
All that being said there are some good parts to the album, for example, in ‘I&I’ there are some nice vocal comparisons between Ellery and Ebony. However, it does go on a bit too much. I also genuinely wish I could have heard more of Ebony’s voice in some of the tracks, as her voice works well with the mellow feel of the album. Her voice is particularly pleasant in ‘Future Blues’, which is probably my favourite track.
I think that the main problem with the album for me is that it’s just not my cup of tea. Trying to pay an excessive amount of attention to each track, unlike I would normally do, for this review did not help either. It quite simply does not fall under my musical type, but it is not necessarily a brilliant example of its type either.
While there is a haunting quality to the music, it just didn’t particularly grab me. Yes, you could have it playing in the background, and it would be nice and not unpleasant, but it’s also the sort of album that you would forget you have on.
Beneath The Concrete
Here Our Moment Ends
Lost Under Heaven
First Eye To The New Sky
The Great Longing
The album was released on the 6th May 2016.