Exlovers have been a band since 2008, but Moth which was just released last week is only their first album. It recycles some previous singles, albeit in re-recorded form, but their output has been so sporadic and those releases have flown so far below almost everyone’s radar that it will all be new to most everyone hearing this London band’s record debut.
Even haven heard a handful of these songs already, Moth is a dream-pop masterpiece. Some might call it shoegaze, and there are certainly elements of it, but this is a pure guitar record. Guitars are everywhere, and they sound amazing, and the louder you play it the better it sounds. How good? Exlovers’ guitar pop is easily on par with the likes of House of Love, Chapterhouse, and the Boo Radleys, but it also has distinct pop elements that make it more than just a shoegaze/dreampop retread. Their eye for detail and melody reminds me of the the Go-Betweens, specifically Grant McLennan’s more wistful songs. The album’s ten songs are so well crafted, melding melody with guitars that the forty minutes spent listening to it will go by so fast you may lose track of time. Is it over already? Hurry up! Put it on again. Whoosh, there went three hours.
There have been some great records that have come out in the first six months of this year and I keep expecting the streak to end. It’s not done yet. Exlovers debut just knocked one out of the park.
If you’re one of those Spotify folks you can hear the entire album here.[youtube http://youtu.be/1xqH5v-LLDE]