Nine original anthems of live rock presence, fearless eclecticism and lyrical depth make up the aptly-titled new album Music For The Planet, from the Lürxx.
Gifting a sense of Cranberries-esque influence from the outset, followed soon afterwards by a welcomed twist of world-music flavours, Rebels starts things up with melody and instrumental warmth. The live presentation resounds, building beautifully towards the anthemic, heartfelt and choir-like chorus that quickly elevates the mood.
We’re into the kind of folk-rock realm of Rusted Root from a simpler time. The Lürxx undoubtedly have their own thing going though, in everything from vocal tone to topic and even these multi-layered arrangements. Rebels is a stunning opener, but it’s still merely a glimpse of the depth on display throughout Music For The Planet.
Taking on a more progressive-folk, theatrical element is the second track Blue Fish. Medieval traits reveal a poetic clarity that’s both distant and personal, as it connects for its timeless vastness and the clear links to the current moment and the very human listening in.
Versatility is a defiant strength of the Lürxx, it stands tall from the sheer impact of distorted rock alternative Nobody’s Fault, and later the fast-paced punk energy of a brilliantly captured Sunset Shit (a personal favourite). The band’s leading vocalist has a certain character and flair that’s unmistakable. Even with the shift in genre and the turn towards angst and scorn, the sound is still very much the Lürxx.
Raw musicality plays a key role throughout. Consider the acapella freestyle-vibe of Duck Island‘s introduction, a song that later becomes a festival-ready alt-folk anthem once again, colourful and enjoyable yet aptly intriguing and thought-provoking.
Other highlights include the punk-rock, knees-up alt-folk weight and addictive rhythmic pace of a soulfully guitar-kissed, structurally unpredictable El Dorado. Also the unignorable artistic identity of Smash The Dam. Following this, the acoustic passion and optimism of Part Of It All makes for a mighty finisher, and closes down the album in a way that allows these ideas and urgencies to linger indefinitely; something an impassioned the Lürxx unapologetically devote themselves to.