With the release of their fifth album, ‘Mosaic’, Lesoir are hoping to define themselves as a band while, at the same time, defying all labels and genres.
By proving that they have fine-tuned their unique sound in the ten years since their debut album, it seems Lesoir hope to keep themselves distinctly outside of the box for good.
The first word that comes to mind with the album’s first listen is unusual, and that’s not something you come across all that often these days. With so many artists putting out records that sound exactly like something released by their predecessors a decade or two before, it’s incredibly refreshing to hear something authentically original.
It’s not an easy listen, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. ‘Mosaic’ simply requires attention. From the dark and discordant ‘Is This It?’, to the strange, folksy melody of ‘The Geese’, at no point does this album become predictable.
However, it doesn’t always make for a comfortable atmosphere. The unnerving orchestral vocals in ‘Measure Of Things’, for example, are dramatic and other-worldly, which makes perfect sense given that War Of The Worlds guitarist Jo Partridge features on the album, and the harrowing excerpts of George Orwell‘s 1984 in ‘Dystopia’ are definitely not for the faint-hearted.
There are a few references that can be plucked from the obscurity of ‘Mosaic’. The title track, for instance, features passionate vocals reminiscent of 90s powerhouses such as Alanis Morissette and Natalie Imbruglia. It’s also possible to pick out a psychedelic Jimi Hendrix-esque intro with ‘It’s Never Quiet’ and earthy guitar akin to the likes of Soundgarden in ‘Two Faces’.
Feel free to follow Lesoir down a strange new path with ‘Mosaic’, but be prepared for a slightly bumpy ride.