I first told you about Freedom Hall when I presented Maleiva Kem’s beautiful debut EP Scraps: Meet & Part Company and it is now a great pleasure to introduce to you Lost Lineage and their brand-new album, Electric Forest. Comprised of James Klynn, Spudd Brown, Passion Ward, Kick Coltrane and Maleiva Kem, the group offers an amazing project about love and relationships, with the highs and lows and every step in between. Presented as a response to Maleiva’s EP, which was created from the point of view of a young woman, Electric Forest gives the concept a twist and is a way for men from the collective to share their experience of relationships. Neither sappy declaration of love nor bitter reminiscing over past relationships, the album is all about nuances and honesty. The lyrics are heartfelt, sometimes blunt and that’s what make them so appealing and easy to relate to. Nothing is ever black and white in life or love and we can witness all the different hues and shades through the words and music.
Musically, there is precisely a great variety of atmospheres and moods, matching the evolution of the relationship and making the project sound more universal. As Lost Lineage explain, their “approach was a very eclectic one that is a product of different vibes, melodic treats, varied perceptions on multiple concepts“. Blending hip-hop, soul, rock and more electronic sonorities, Electric Forest takes the best of each genre in a way that fits the lyrics and feelings perfectly and allows the artists to appeal to a wide range of people with that encompassing approach. All the tracks are very emotional, with the hard-hitting drums, guitars and sharp delivery emphasising the darkest emotions and the beautiful, soulful vocals and melodies giving more depth and balancing the partly negative perception.
Maleiva Kem and Passion Ward’s angelic voices give the album a ray of light and hope but retain a certain sadness and make me think of the way one can feel after having cried so much they can’t even shed another tear. There’s a sense of relief somehow, maybe a restored sense of peace, when you can’t really be hurt anymore but will still reminisce over that failed love story. As usual, I may be looking way too deeply into this, but that’s how I perceive things. Standout tracks for me are the incredible MooNLighT, Beautiful Criminal/Love Disaster and I know, probably the most emotional of all and those that touch me the most. As we reach the middle and end of the album, the story unfolds and the sun seems to come back, as is obvious with Bright Day, where the vocals and lyrics are so much lighter and hopeful.
I realise it’s sometimes more difficult for me to express how I feel about music or an album that touches me deeply so I will just add that when I first listened to Electric Forest, I was so moved I almost cried. It was way too easy for me to relate, which is a beautiful thing but not necessarily one I can share with the world. Music has to be a private, personal experience sometimes and I will therefore let you discover and enjoy this amazing album for yourself.
You can listen to and buy Electric Forest on Freedom Hall’s Bandcamp page, or simply by clicking on the link below. You can also get brand-new tees to look beautiful this spring.