Love and Lomography
The songs of Nick Raven’s album, Love and Lomography have haunted my stereo, beckoning for repeat plays, working their way into the room almost by stealth. The first few times I listened to the album I liked what I heard – but left it as it was, walked away, allowed it to burn into the room. And it’s all about that feel, slow-burn in fact – check out the opener, Butterfly High.
Conceived as a solo album – everything written and recorded by Raven, a follow up to the promise suggested on his 2011 EP, Love And Lomography blends dark, brooding 80s pop influences (The Cure, The The, Talk Talk) with a Nick Drake-by-way-of-Jose Gonzalez go-nowhere-troubadour/bedsit feel. Indie-pop as folk music (as soul music).
This is a young soul making music as a reflection of his here and now, of what he’s hearing now. It will change with time, will grow, the shape will move. But the bones are there. Good bones. Strong bones.