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Locals Only Album Review: Light Thieves - Spirit Homes

Oh lordy, where has the time gone?  I swear, one day I'm all writing blogs like crazy (i.e. twice a month), and the next thing I know a whole month has passed without a single post.  No good folks, no good.  Well I hope you missed us cause I've missed writing to y'all.  So lets just get down to business and talk about Spirit Homes, the new LP from Fresno band Light Thieves!
Probably the most highly anticipated local release of the year, Spirit Homes had a lot to live up to in my brain, which I know is a dangerous thing to do, but which I did nonetheless.  I'm happy to report that the album pretty much delivers.  Chock full of the expected and excellent atmospheric head trips (courtesy of guitarist Joel Robert Melton), the album especially entices due to the added brawn of the rhythm section (a bombastic Kaleb Saldate and fluid Erica Najera).

Maybe it's my shoddy knowledge of "psychedelia", but I always expect music with that type of bent to be slow and plodding.  Not so with Spirit Homes.  This shit moves.   In particular, the incredibly catchy "Crystal Maps" gets my head bopping like only the best hip hop can.  It definitely wins the "Best Local Summer Jam" award by a landslide.

But what I think appeals to me the most are the refreshing melodies of keyboardist/singer Mike Adame.  On "The Body" and the aforementioned "Crystal Maps", Adame's light touch goes incredibly well with the complexity of the band thundering along behind him.  Adame innately knows that a well crafted melody can have a direct line to the soul.
So yes, this is a good album and you should buy it!  Also, these guys are great live, so be sure to check them out!  And of course, for more info on the band, please go to the following links:

Official Website

Cristobal Carrillo
July 25, 2013


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