Published Aug 20, 2008One band I've always felt were wrongly overlooked are Pittsburgh's Zombi. They always seemed a little out of place amongst the metal-heavy roster of Relapse, but their masterful spin on Italian horror movie soundtracks was so authentic that I'd often think I was actually listening to Goblin sometimes.
I was unaware of this until just recently but it turns out multi-instrumentalist Steve Moore is quite a promiscuous workhorse. Not only does he have a commitment to Zombi but he also splits his time in Titan, as well as a solo-project under his own name, and my personal favourite, schmaltzy throwback Lovelock.
It's with Lovelock that Moore connects with my tastes the most. While each and every one of his projects seem to thrive on the music of 20 to 30 years ago, with Lovelock he ups the yachting factor and digs into a sumptuous scoop of soft rock. Call it cheese if you will but Moore's ability to emulate the sensual, synthy sounds of the early '80s is pretty damn effective. Dude even has a quote by Christopher Cross defending his songwriting on the Lovelock MySpace page. (Wicked.)
"Don't Turn Away (From My Love)" is darker than the light'n'fluffy stroke of Cross, opting to take it nice and slow, but also delve a little into a Twilight Zone-ish underworld, thanks to a disturbing bass line that sounds straight out of Zombi's ominous realm. The soft touch on the synths and the shooting star effects recall new school cheesemeister Sebastien Tellier, but Moore's much more convincing when he reaches his emotional plea to a lover, which is what it comes down to if you're gonna cheese your way into someone's heart.
Maybe (read: hopefully) "yacht rock" will be more than just an inside joke after all.
Lovelock "Don't Turn Away (From My Love)"