Lydia releases their second full length album, Illuminate and the title says it all. Illuminate does just that. The band creates fulfilling moody ambient indie rock music that could be Copeland’s debut Beneath The Medicine Tree’s little brother. Now I say that mainly because the productions is clear as day and powerful from Matt Malpass (Copeland, Rookie of the Year, Inkwell, Lakes, Mashlin) and the singers voice. The band consists of Mindy White - Vocals/Keys, Leighton Antelman – Vocals, Steve Mcgraw – Guitar, Evan Arambul – Bass and Craig Taylor – Drums. The vocals I thought were Aaron Marsh from Copeland at first but after you get over the fact that they continue that style, the album is refreshing and smooth. Piano opens the album and kicks into a delight of darker emotional pop tunes backed by a riding bass and swaying drums.
The harmonies are executed perfectly backed with female vocals that are closely resembled as the singer. You will notice also Aaron Marsh from Copeland is featured on the track Hospital which is a perfect delight. The bands sound is kind of what I wish Copeland stayed with but its nice to hear the sound again with new flavors. OK so I will stop comparing the band to Copeland now and concentrate on Lydia. The name is great and the music and powerful vocals take charge on the album. The band creates a passionate ensemble of indie rock with this 11 song sophomore effort.
If you are looking for a new album in indie rock that isn’t full of power pop songs or emo looking kids then this is the album for you. The band could not pull off this style of music better in the genre and this music is real. They know how to engage the listener with slower ballads and more moderate indie rock songs. Go out there and buy it, or download it but pay for it. This band deserves your ears and support. For fans of Copeland, Death Cab For Cutie, Umbrellas, This Day and Age, The New Frontiers, Fair and Sleeping At Last.