Real Lies
Real Life


4.0
excellent

Review

by zakalwe USER (9 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2016 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Questions raised along with arms waved.

Expressing the boundless energy of a city from the confines of a bedroom comes this electronic, dub, pop hybrid debut from London trio Real Lies.

Given that it is their first offering there is a plethora of influences and different directions displayed here but it is all entwined round a late 80s early 90s slant. New Order and baggy 'Madchester' indie abound on tracks such as World Peace and the opener Blackmarket Blues which includes the thoughtful lyric of 'This is one for every old friend that I've lost, every girl I loved at school who got married to a ghost and the absent sons and daughters who were waylaid on the road.' The patter is all delivered in a spoken flow while the tunes themselves are wrapped in sung harmonies and well crafted chorus.

Some may find the geezerish anglocentric tones and Southern colloquialism a bit hackneyed especially with throwback terms such as 'bosh' not failing to raise a cringe on the otherwise foot tapping track Deeper.

The musical journey is a metaphorical trip on the arterial to a club that never closed its doors on the nineties. One Club Town could've come straight from the 1992 UK single charts but with its bass groove and arms aloft melody its hard to contain the euphoria.

The real craft here though is in representing what it means to be young, confused and lost in the thrum of a metropolis where finding ones place is an impossibility. Album highlight North Circular akin to Mike Skinners The Streets 'Weak Become Heroes' really does a job in conjuring images of nighttime views across the city while walking back from the safety of a neon illuminated convenience.

Where modern electronic music can offer programmed bleakness, Real Lies use the foundation the genre was spawned from to strip it back to its origins and back into the hedonism of club night while offering a freshness that is rare.

The album tells a ten million stories of real lives lived, whether or not it's a lie that has been spun by fakers should not be answered on this debut as the blinking light of opportunity beckons towards an exciting future.



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zakalwe
August 22nd 2016


34131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Proper' dance music in fairness

LotusFlower
August 22nd 2016


12000 Comments


'proper' dance music eh? Ill give this a look.

Spacesh1p
August 22nd 2016


7717 Comments


Zak review, cool.

zakalwe
August 22nd 2016


34131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Bosh Bosh Bosh' didn't know what to think when I first heard this, the vids of the band didn't help one jot but I can't help but love it.

TwigTW
August 22nd 2016


3855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening now, like you said in the review, it's very nostalgic: 80s-90s, New Order, Madchester. I'm not familiar with the word "bosh", so I'm spared the cringe ;-) definitely liking it.

Sinternet
August 22nd 2016


24160 Comments


Sounds interesting, never heard of them so will have to check

Good review mate pos'd

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zakalwe
August 22nd 2016


34131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ta lads

danielcardoso
August 22nd 2016


11770 Comments


"Given that it is their first offering there is a plethora of influences and different directions displayed here but it is all entwined round a late 80s early 90s slant."

this could use a couple of commas, maybe add a couple after 'offering' and 'here' for easier reading.


lovely review zak, pos from me.

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2016


14787 Comments


Yh nice one Zak, gonna check this

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zakalwe
August 22nd 2016


34131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Dan dude.

This album defo needs to be checked it's one that slipped under the radar last year. I have no doubt some people will think it's fucking awful.

TheSpaceMan
August 22nd 2016


13157 Comments


good shit my dude pos'd

DoofusWainwright
August 22nd 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bosh, Zak review



Pos and I'll be checking this out



Any album with a song named North Circular has to rock

danielcardoso
August 22nd 2016


11770 Comments


no prob zak, yeah i'm gonna check this for sure.

DrJohn
August 22nd 2016


1041 Comments


great review Zak

DoofusWainwright
November 15th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Locked out like a dog in the rain...

Cygnatti
September 24th 2019


35217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bless u zak

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