Australia - Full Moon 110 - 09/18/05
Her Name In Lights
Into The Light Again
Laughing Outlaw Records
Here's another new release from Laughing Outlaw. It has an alarming
front cover, a bee or some other flying insect into (or out of?)
the light. The accompanying press sheet reveals that lead singer,
songwriter, guitar and piano player Mary Wyer has recorded no
less than three John Peel sessions. Not bad, not bad at all ...
The involved musicians were originally brought together for a
studio-based project to record some of her songs. They found
the sessions so enjoyable they decided to keep going as a permanent band.
At first the overall impression is a singer-songwriter album.
And yes, Into The Light Again includes several acoustic guitar
based songs. But there is more to it. 15 songs and one short piano
instrumental "Prelude" that might fit nicely at the start of an
album by Tori Amos. Here are some great pop tunes ("Here She
Comes" and "Car" are only two), even a few fuzz-pop goodies,
in particular "Wicked Girl" with an overwhelming electric guitar
solo in the best Sex Pistol tradition. The final track "She Said"
has some melancholic guitar playing and mood that remind me of
those great early low budget films by Hal Hartley 15 years ago.
I also sense a resemblance, to some extent, with a few of the
refreshing British new wave bands around 1980 (well, nowadays
post punk is probably the correct label) with female members,
The Raincoats, even Young Marble Giants...
Into The Light Again is not your average pop or rock album
dealing with classic topics like cars, girls and happy love.
Here we're talking cars, boys and miserable love! "I loved
you more than you loved your car ...". Though the album is not
without some humorous highlights. The only cover version
included is "Sex Bomb". It's down to earth and quite the
opposite of Tom Jones' version, but as funny.
Although the songs wander off in different directions, the
album stands as an entity. Especially the exquisite guitar
playing keeps it together. Into The Light Again is a solid
basis for further expansions.
Check out more info, downloads, stills from the upcoming
video for "You Know I Really Loved That Boy" etc. at the
band's home page.
Copyright © 2005 JP