Available at www.ubiquityrecords.com/shop/products/JED-AND-LUCIA-%252d-SUPER-HUMAN-HEART.html
and as downloads at jedandluciaubiq.bandcamp.com
Coming off a weekend full of taxing obligations, we needed and found the perfect place to rest our minds for more than just a little while. To begin this week, we are fortunate enough to have new material from a pair of musicians who have been featured here many times in the past. Jed & Lucia are the Berkeley, California based duo of Mark Reveley and Emma Lucia who were first adored here in August 2006 with a debut EP titled Candles In Daylight. Since that time, we've mentioned their experimental electronic side project Kite In The Air with reviews in both April and November of 2009 followed by a return to the original loveliness of Jed & Lucia with another offering titled Many Many EP in January 2010. All history aside, there is now a welcome update to report for this ongoing collaboration. The band has completed a collection of thirteen new tracks, titled Superhuman Heart, which are set to be released next month through fabled San Francisco label/rare music purveyor Ubiquity Records. In advance of this new LP, the first single, Apostrophe, has now been made available and will give an immediate idea of what to expect from the album. Warm southwestern winds and sand under foot, or a brisk midwestern fall with leaves whipping up against windows...all you have to do is close your eyes for listening. Beautiful.
Warm Cali folk and acoustic pop songcraft blended quite harmoniously with subtle electonics from Jed & Lucia – the duo's debut for Ubiquity! We wouldn't blame you of experience a bit of a chill at the thought of "folktronica" – but Jed & Lucia get it right – first and foremost, with good songs and melodies that sink right in. Their songs suggest a love of 60s & early 70s Cali folk rock & pop (a full range of Cali love, from the So Cal to the Bay) – with breezy, delicately spacey washes of electronic embellishments. Titles include "April Showers", "The Park", "You Were Made Of Stone", "Coin Falls On Pavement", "On Lockdown", "A Second Later", "Hand Out", "California", "Vapors", "Superhuman Heart" and more.
The duo of Mark Reveley and Emma Lucia make music under the name Jed and Lucia and together they cook up a heavily sedated, laid-back-to-the-point-of-paralysis mixture of beardy folk guitars and vocal harmonies, with drifting electronic textures and dinky drum machines that straddles the fine line between indie folk introspection and bedroom electronic experiments. Superhuman Heart is their second album, and it’s a bit of an under-the-radar gem. Definitely not the kind of record to grab you by the collar and demand your attention, it’s more of a creeper that slowly insinuates itself into your head as it plays on. The duo wrap their fragile voices around slight but effective melodies and bathe them in waves of electronic hum and echoes that surround you with a feeling of warmth. The tempo of the songs never goes above a shuffle and the volume is determinedly low; they create a perfectly comfortable mood from the beginning and never deviate. While that can lead to a monotonous listen in the wrong hands, Reveley and Lucia take pains to add so many layers to the songs, you can’t help but be drawn in. The quiet mystery of the vocals also draws you in closely; Lucia especially has the kind of voice that sounds perfect weaving its way through a dream hop soundscape or emoting tenderly on a folky ballad (like the sweetly insistent "On Lockdown"). There are also a couple of songs that shift the relaxed mood just enough to add some intensity and drama to the album, especially the surging, cinematic “Circle of Stone” and the almost danceable “The Park.” Like a low-key version of Koushik or a calm Caribou, Jed and Lucia create magic out of elements that really have no right being melded together. If you’re lucky enough to hear it, Superhuman Heart will be the perfect soundtrack to your lazy autumn days and peaceful-anytime nights.