Late Night Alumni
Empty Streets


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
April 27th, 2010 | 28 replies | 9,568 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The late night is calling, act accordingly

There's something just right about returning to one's digs after an evening spent walking the boards and chalking up the floors, only to carry on the party until well into the sunlit hours. There are countless times when I can remember taking full advantage of a fellow partner in crime's high rise apartment as a final call to the night's frivolities; piling in through the door with the glow of the dance floor still emanating off of us, picking out whatever bottle happens to catch our attention the most, dipping the lights down low, and then watch as whatever soothing house we send through the stereo speakers flow out of the windows and bounce around the night time skyline. Huddled on balconies watching the city below us settle down to sleep as the first streaks of dawn begin their battle against the darkness, while our better halves dance barefoot inside, using the lights above them as their own personal spotlight. And as we say goodbye's and begin the journey home, moving through the empty concrete streets, listening to our footsteps echoing off the silent buildings receiving their first kiss of daylight we always seem to remember that part of the night with the most fondness. And just as that has almost become our end of night routine, so to has Late Night Alumni become the soundtrack to our last little escapism.

Comprised of Finn Bjarnson, John Hancock, the angelic & ethereal female vocalist Becky Jean Willams, and the ever present Ryan Raddon, a.k.a. Kaskade, LNA has been a prominent force on the dance scene since 2003. Now this is largely due to the fact that the group mix a very loungey take on house music and chillout, that when thrown together make for one of the most soothing yet still incredibly upbeat albums in recent years. The songs are kept in check by Becky, whose silky tones literally glide their way over the relaxing beats and melodies, her delivery always flirting with being a little too “cute”, yet still manages to come off incredibly convincing and legitimate; her whispery delivery going hand in hand with the melodic programming of Kaskade.

One of the more interesting aspects to note about LNA is their willingness to always separate the two dominant factors of their sound; instead of over-complicating matters by attempting to fuse both house and chillout into the same sound, they much prefer to alternate between the two distinctly different vibes. Just as one track will see you moving and grooving to their hooks and melodies, the very next will give you the breather you need to recover; everything is kept simple, and as a result their music comes across as incredibly natural and pleasing Take album opener 'Seemingly Sleepy', with its forceful yet never dominant percussion, and simple yet hypnotic looped lines; working its magic on you in mere seconds it opens the doors to your own personal nightclub and takes up residence behind the decks. Kaskade places his influence all over the sound, but allows his usual deep bass to take a backing position this time around, allowing his more melodic tendencies to take center stage. And then following in the quickest of pursuits is 'Rainy Days'; a jazzy and calming number that sees the group dancing hand in hand with more of a trip hop aesthetic. Complete with saxophone interludes and a coasting beat its the perfect accompaniment to the club filling sound of its predecessor. Empty Streets is all out about the big release and the comedown, before building it all back up again without missing a beat; and its a trick that they pull off to perfection on this album.

Overall, the music is beautifully textured and features the perfect layers of keyboards, guitars, and drum machine beats that, while predominately generous throughout, the moods within each song don’t overlap one another, and thus don’t run the risk of losing your interest. An album that truly oozes sex appeal while still remaining incredibly coy about the whole matter, Empty Streets is an album best served in the wee hours of the morning, the time when dreams are made with open eyes and every moment is set in stone, at least until the next weekend rolls around. The night will always be there, its what you do with it that defines it.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2010



30320 Comments


Seemingly Sleepy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K2aUAVxa-0
Rainy Days:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2vWYMowSzk
Eros:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYQNYWmzHBg
All For Nothing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbwJ41S5Rj0&feature=related

So damn good

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qwe3
April 27th 2010



21154 Comments


The late night is calling, act accordingly


awesome summary

SCREAM!
April 27th 2010



9626 Comments


Not usually a fan of singing in house/techno/dance/whatever music (my knowledge of electronic music is still very limited hahaha) but those sounded so good to chill to i might have to look it up anyway

AggravatedYeti
April 27th 2010



7684 Comments


duuudeee
wtf stop reviewing things I need to go find right after I finish reading.
also I 2nd qwetherington

Inveigh
April 27th 2010



24196 Comments


another sexcellent review homie. you and your electronica...

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theacademy
April 27th 2010



27703 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"keep up with me" is da hot shitt

Willie
Moderator
April 27th 2010



15781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Excellent review. This is an awesome album. I'm glad you chose to review this one over the newest one.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2010



30320 Comments


Why's that?

And cheers guys

Willie
Moderator
April 27th 2010



15781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Because I like this one more. I can't explain why, though.

bloc
April 27th 2010



34500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Vocals are beast, getting this now.

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Willie
Moderator
April 27th 2010



15781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

If you like this then you should get their new one too. I can't say why I have this one rated higher than that one, but neither of them are bad.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2010



30320 Comments


Because I like this one more. I can't explain why, though.

Yeah I just dropped that down to a 3.5. There's nothing wrong with it at all, its just the same, nothing's changed in their sound at all
wtf stop reviewing things I need to go find right after I finish reading.

But then what would you do Yeti?

Willie
Moderator
April 27th 2010



15781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

That sounds like as good of a reason as any. I'm glad you had already rec'd this to me before you wrote the review because I wouldn't have been able to check it out until I got off work.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2010



30320 Comments


I tried to rec this to DaveyBoy, I reckon he might've got a kick out of it

Willie
Moderator
April 27th 2010



15781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Daveyboy takes months to follow through on a rec.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2010



30320 Comments


You ever end up checking out Kaskade Trey?

Willie
Moderator
April 27th 2010



15781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Dude, how you going to call me out like that right after I call out Daveyboy?

No, not yet.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2010



30320 Comments


Dude, how you going to call me out like that right after I call out Daveyboy?

Haha, its why I mentioned it. It probably won't end up being your thing, but if you dig this you should at least youtube a track called Move For Me, very chill with female vox. I'm at work though so I can't link you myself

WashboardSuds
March 22nd 2011



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think in both your review for this and Haunted you sound so, "romantic" for lack of a better word, especially in their first paragraph. almost sounds like poetry if that was what you were aiming for

I read this and I see that I'm getting stale with describing electronic music reviews, seeing as I always call the music "computer sounds" or "melodious electronic progressions"

I pos'd btw, great review

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2011



30320 Comments


I love random pos bumps!

And in regards to the "romantic" thing, I know where you are coming from with that and I agree. I guess it's just how I feel when something comes along that manages to remain untouched by all the frivolities that have come to be associated with this genre and really all forms of "dance music". This kinda stuff is still pure and more inspiring because of it

/sappiness



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