‘Theyesandeye’ by Lou Rhodes (Album)
The latest solo offering from one half of Lamb is less experimental than you might imagine but no less beguiling
Though now four albums into her solo career, Lou Rhodes is still perhaps best known as one half of electronic inventioneers Lamb. This time around she has worked with co-producer Simon Byrt and utilised his passion for vintage spring and tape echoes to create a spiritually searching experimental folk album with a strong Nick Drake influence.
The restrained nature of Theyesandeye is apparent from the subtle opener. The listener is welcomed on All The Birds by the call of gulls and glistening guitar. A (somehow) pared-back version of The XX’s Angels fits nicely into the album’s overall feel. There’s a patient nature to Rhodes’ reflections, never venturing too far on the stirring Them, underpinned by its military drum, or the uncomplicated string-blushed Never Forget.
Sea Organ and Sun & Moon allow Rhodes to break out of her self-imposed simplicity as they bristle with inventiveness. A yearning cello leads Rhodes away on closing track Magic Ride, her footprint a gentle impression in the sand. Perhaps without the creative tension at the heart of Lamb, Rhodes isn’t pushed quite so far in her solo work. The result is an album that occasionally floats a little too far into the distance but is still capable of capturing the imagination.
Verdict: Charming alt-folk