US - Pennsylvania - Full Moon 33 - 06/28/99
My Invisible Name
Pow! Zap! When the second song from My Invisible Name kicks off I'm
totally sold. Unsettling Down is one of those magic pop moments with an
instant shine of gold that makes you dance in slow-motion with a happy grin on
your face. This album is Lenola's 3rd long player in their 5 years of existence.
Lenola was started by vocalist, guitarist Jay Laughlin, who was playing around
with 4-track machinery, before he was joined for a quartet by guitarist Dave Grubb,
drummer Sean Byrne, and bassist Scott Colan. My Invisible Name was entirely
"shot" on 8-track equipment, and presents a variety of indie-psyche guitar-pop-rock.
Imagine My Bloody Valentine (or Ride) guitars mixed with the popability of the Boo
Radleys. Or the forcefulness of Yo La Tengo, spiced with the multi-imaginary flavors
of the Elephant 6 community. The album opens with the slow Jet Row, before
the brilliantly catchy (those guitar lines...) Unsettling Down fills the
room. Who Made Me Bleed Like This? is another high flying pop plane escorted
by wide stretched multi-layers of guitars. Round Sunday could've been something
related to Pavement, but maybe more to Olivia Tremor Control, Apples In Stereo, or
the Gerbils. Frukus presents Lenola from a more up-tempo and aggressive side,
while most parts on My Invisible Name are quite pleasant and gentle.
"12 songs, 49 minutes", the cover says. A bit too much maybe, because the album
isn't "pure gold" all the way. However, there are enough beautiful moments to state
this record to be close to excellent, with music that's highly visible. As a contrast
to the massive destruction of "Enola Gay", "Lenola Gay" is a friendly bomber, a
friendloverplane as the Blue Aeroplanes would have put it.
Copyright © 1999 Håvard Oppøyen