11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklyn-based Lucius's first full-length album, Wildewoman is an eclectic, winding indie-pop excursion, grounded in humming hooks, spunky harmonies, and unconventional instrumentation. Signed to Mom + Pop Music—a label that's home to Sleigh Bells, Freelance Whales, and Andrew Bird, among others—the group leaps among eras of pop music with breezy facility, sounding like '60s girl group one moment and sleekly sophisticated new wave revivalists the next. From the dance-ready "Turn It Around" to the quiet, yearning "Two of Us on the Run," the styles vary wildly from track to track. But things are held together by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (both voice majors at Berklee College of Music), whose vocals offer a sharp, unifying current that flows throughout the album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklyn-based Lucius's first full-length album, Wildewoman is an eclectic, winding indie-pop excursion, grounded in humming hooks, spunky harmonies, and unconventional instrumentation. Signed to Mom + Pop Music—a label that's home to Sleigh Bells, Freelance Whales, and Andrew Bird, among others—the group leaps among eras of pop music with breezy facility, sounding like '60s girl group one moment and sleekly sophisticated new wave revivalists the next. From the dance-ready "Turn It Around" to the quiet, yearning "Two of Us on the Run," the styles vary wildly from track to track. But things are held together by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (both voice majors at Berklee College of Music), whose vocals offer a sharp, unifying current that flows throughout the album.

TITLE TIME PRICE
4:10 $1.29
3:28 $1.29
3:19 $1.29
4:41 $1.29
4:09 $1.29
3:01 $1.29
4:35 $1.29
3:28 $1.29
3:51 $0.69
3:29 $1.29
5:43 $1.29

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

171 Ratings

Anxiously Awaited

ladymblack,

I've so far greatly enjoyed their EP. They clearly put a great deal of time and thought into each song. It's so very unusual to find such great songs that have driving melodies, haunting and beautiful harmonies, thumping and thrumming rhythms. Each song seems to have ALL of these qualities, not just one or two. This is such a rare occurence. It's easy to find one, maybe even two factors, but to find all of them is to discover a gem. They also tend to evoke the notion that you know exactly what the songwriters are feeling because you've been there yourself. I'm very excited to see what these ladies have in store for us next!

For those so concerned about the artwork, maybe try listening to the music!

Great Voices, Terrible Engineering

Reviewbytim,

I am a new fan to Lucius having discovered them via a NYT article during the Summer. The Wild Honey Pie video of the group singing "Two of Us on the Run" had me hooked. So I marked my calendar for the release of Wildewoman. Their voices are so clean, pristine, beautiful, harmonic and emotional.

The album downloaded on iTune almost makes me think it was a early file. Balance of instruments to voices is weighted way too heavily to the percussion and instrumentation and covers their elegant voices. Sudden volume increased during breaks is not enjoyable at all. It is simply poorly engineered and produced.

If the file was not a mistake, then I eagerly await an unplugged version of the album.

Sorry ladies as I really love your voices. I just want to enjoy their purity of sound. In the mean time I am hoping to see you live.

About Lucius

Featuring a pair of alluring frontwomen in Berklee College of Music voice majors Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Brooklyn-based indie pop group Lucius also rely on the talents of drummer Dan Molad and guitarist Peter Lalish. Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Burri rounded out the original lineup. Demonstrating an evocative mix of torchy, pedal steel-infused Americana and urban indie pop falling somewhere between Neko Case, Blanche, and Cults, the group's eponymous debut EP arrived in 2012. It was followed a year later by their New York Times and NPR-approved full-length debut, Wildewoman, issued regionally by Mom + Pop, Dine Alone, and Play It Again Sam. The band toured extensively in support of the album, making multiple trips across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including a European tour with Jack White. Wolfe and Laessig also appeared as guest vocalists on critically acclaimed albums including San Fermin's debut and Tweedy's Sukierae, and were part of the Rentals' lineup for 2014's Lost in Alphaville.

The five-piece returned to the studio with producer Shawn Everett (Weezer, Julian Casablancas) to work on new material in 2015, resulting in the poppier, more flamboyant Good Grief, released in March 2016 by the same labels. The album hit the top half of the Billboard 200. Amid a continued relentless touring schedule with Lucius, the two lead singers made time to accept an invitation to back Roger Waters at California's Desert Trip in October 2016. The two-weekend festival of legends that also included Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, among others, had them singing for a crowd of 75,000. That November, the band released the two-track Pulling Teeth Ten Inch, and Burri gave notice that he was leaving the group to pursue other projects. ~ James Christopher Monger & Marcy Donelson

Top Songs by Lucius

Top Albums by Lucius

Top Music Videos by Lucius

Listeners Also Bought