Los Colognes The Wave

Release Date 05/12/2017

(Thirty Tigers)

One of the highest and rarest aspirations in popular music is to reach for the transcendental, to access the spirit. On the third album The Waveby Nashville based Los Colognes, they succeed just this- in breaking through the confines of everyday pop song lyricism to tell a sort of holistic story. Its not a concept piece, but its a brooding and still joyful song cycle lled with philosophical rumination, effortless hooks, inspiring musicianship, and expansive arrangements. Its an album perfectly suited of the current zeitgeist of unease and hope.

The Waveis an album about archetypes and about the everyday. There are allusions to the Great Flood, to Platos Cave, to Poe, to the heros quest so iconically defined by Joseph Campbell. There are recurring metaphors about the water, about the vastness of the ocean and the delicate balance between riding the wave and being pulled under. There is struggle, there is dread, there is hope, there is ultimately the knowledge only gained by a journey. Its an album about attempting to gain acceptance with the ow of adulthood, life in the music business, the changing awareness that only time and maturity can hand to someone.

Guitarist/singer Jay Rutherford opines in the albums initial single , Flying Apart- Nobody believed/Were all just hoping/ Floating Down streams”. Its a song that repeatedly invokes the wave metaphor of the albums title while churning through its own sonic sea of shimmering keyboards and guitars anchored by drummer Aaron Mortenson. The music evokes any of the best moments of late seventies or mid eighties FM radio while never being weighed down by the specter of influence. Los Colognes are a young band who have managed to forge their own sound while channeling the best sonic worlds of the decades past.

Unlike the live approach used to record the groups previous records, The Wavewas built from the ground up so to speak and with attention to each track, each part. There is a certain economy of space in the songs that feels deliberate while never ceasing to be warm and inclusive. Guitar and keyboard lines drift off each other in between lyrical exchanges while Mortenson propels the beat, sometimes meditative, sometimes driving. Each song passes into another with a thoughtful pause- a passing keyboard chord, a drone, a bit of noise, a breath before the next reflection. Like any fully realized album, there is a cyclical wholeness to it that beckons the listener not just to hear it in its entirety from the outset, but to hit playagain or lift the needle as soon as the last chord of Can You Remembersubsides.

Rutherford sings on Can You Remember- When you were young/there was a ood/almost drowned’,but with the understanding that the journey didnt end in tragedy, we didnt drown, we are still navigating the waters and with new perspective. The journey to nish the recording of The Wavewas its own quest of sorts for Rutherford and Mortenson, a more deliberate process of creation and craft that shows a band becoming fully aware of its voice and its vision. As current events in the world breed anxiety and unease, as the accelerating paces of the hyper information age make it yet harder to deliver contemplative messages in the arts, and as we all struggle to accept the uncertainty and mystique of living in the moment’,Los Colognes have given us a singular collection of quietly anthemic tunes, held together by philosophical reflection and damn ne rock and roll chops. The Wave is coming. William Tyler