Press play on the highly danceable, shiny, poppy debut album Sons and Lovers from NYC electro quartet Black Light Dinner Party – just put on suitable disco attire and dancing shoes first.
The boys have garnered a great deal of praise and excitement from their high energy dance parties and live shows up and down the US east coast with the likes of Icona Pop, Penguin Prison and St Lucia and the album is a solid coming out for the group.
‘I Was Right’ is a near-perfect intro for the album, bringing the synthy goods and a slightly edgy disco sound reminiscent of Cut Copy. ‘Light Around’ is a refreshing change of pace, still upbeat and packing plenty of pop, but a successful fusion of influences that appear to range from noughties’ electro-pop back to David Bowie a la ‘Ziggy Stardust’ days.
‘Leave It All’, ‘Small Boxes’ and title track ‘Sons and Lovers’ are the stand out tracks of the album for me, minor chord progressions and edgy guitar and keyboard riffs showing a darker side to the so-far-so-pop album whilst keeping it upbeat – lead singer Jack Côté also shows off his vocal range more in the second half the album much to everyone’s benefit.
I start to get a little popped-out around the ‘We Are Golden’ mark, where the MGMT and Mika similarities start to really come through, but all-in-all, this album will make a fantastic soundtrack to the upcoming summer of late nights, roadtripping and general mischief-making.
Sons and Lovers is available now from iTunes.