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In This House is the second album from Dutch alternative indie bandLewsberg. Their 2018 eponymous debut blew our socks off at Record Culture. Fusingthe dope-headriddlesof The Velvet Underground andthe slacker rock of Parquet Courts,Lewsbergwas the underground hit of the year. In This House delivers more of the same but with disconcertededges and almostpurposefully-addedbewilderment, challenging the listener’s attention.
Released: May 2020 Cat: LB06 Label: Lewsberg Records
1. Left Turn 2. Cold Light Of Day 3. At Lunch 4. Trained Eye 5. From Never To Once 6. The Door 7. Through The Garden 8. Interlude 9. Jacob’s Ladder 10. Standard Procedures
These guys have been making noise for some years now under the radar of the commercial eye. Their self-produced, self-released second album builds on the marker laid down on their outstanding 2018 eponymous debut album. In This House is - probably very deliberately - a discordant listen at times. The guitars are dog shit rough; take opener ‘Left Turn’ as your best example. Vocals offer scant reward for those in the market for "proper" singing, with Arie van Vliet offering mostly drowned murmurs. More than a passing remark has been made to Lou Reed at this point. Notwithstanding the fact that Lewsberg are ruthlessly DIY, so the lo-fi production is practically a given. And yet, In This House is glorious. Absolutely glorious. The album introduces perhaps unexpected moments of genuine beauty, too. ‘At Lunch’ is a sharp left turn that nobody anticipated; a tribute to the forgotten pastime of drinking at noon, while ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ is a short, subtle female-led moment of calm. While the jaunty, rallying guitar line of ‘From Never To Once’ makes for the best track on the album and might have been the band’s best song yet, save for ‘The Smile’ on their debut.