album review: love connection, euphoria
Love Connection‘s sophomore album, Euphoria begins with ‘Piezoelectric’, a calming instrumental reminiscent of Jamaican steel drums. I was immediately transported to another place and time. It made me think of a tropical island holiday. ‘Forest’ has a similar vibe but with a more naturalistic sound of nature.
It is really a quite unique sound, with a mixture of electro, and layered guitars. While the band very much has an instrument heavy sound, with very few lyrics in the songs, the album could still be described as cathartic, spiritual and sensual.
I found the music the perfect remedy at the end of a long day. It’s an album for relaxing, to meditate and reenergise. I could imagine myself doing yoga exercises while listening to this, or even as a backdrop to intimate settings, in moments of euphoria.
While Love Connection has a sound unlike anything I have heard before, I can sense some very slight similarities to the likes of Gotye and Genesis. Each and every song stands on its own, yet still flows together to create one single piece of music.
‘You Don’t Need Muscles To Get Love’ and ‘Day By Day’ are rather thought provoking songs, it almost feels as though Love Connection has been delving into my innermost thoughts and fears regarding relationships and human interaction. However the repetition of “It’s all in your head” actually provides some form of comfort. At the end, I’m left with a sense of euphoria (pardon the pun) knowing that things are actually much simpler than they seem. The lyrics, whilst simplistic, can be seen as powerful mantras.
The title track ‘Euphoria’ closes out the album. A 20 minute instrumental, it is heavier on the electro sounds, almost like an illusory journey through space and time. Entrancing and hypnotic, I could feel the music flow through my body.
I have never quite had such an immediate reaction to an album. It’s nothing like what I would usually listen to but I’m glad that I left my preconceived notions by the wayside.
Love Connection truly has a way of connecting with people through their music. In a time when radio is dominated by catchy and melodic pop tunes, it is albums like Euphoria that showcase instruments as being just as formidable as lyrics.
Love Connection’s third album is set to be released later this year.