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The Long Lost (Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus + Laura Darlington): The Long Lost

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    "The Long Lost" is the sound of love - on so many levels and in so many ways that it's hard to list them. Imagine if Nico had left the Velvet Underground and decided to relocate to California with Caetano Veloso. And imagine if, once there, the pair slipped through a time portal whilst high on mescalin and came round in the late noughties, with the kind of production twists that would allow. Imagine most of all that what they made was beautiful, an attempt to write and make a new popular music about love that was completely sincere, utterly lacking in guile and full of all the queasy, wonderful, sometimes awful emotions which overwhelm us in those times.

    From opening single "The Art of Kissing," the mood is set. Acoustic guitar, brushed drums, Laura on lead vocals, Alfred backing up on choruses. It's a pitch perfect template from which the group expand into edges of psychedelia ("Sibilance"), ribbons of bass clarinet ("Overmuch"), epic '40s film score ("Ballroom Dance Club" - see below for its significance! - and "Siren Song"), bass simplicity ("Colour"), feline fantasy ("Cat Fancy"), music box melancholia "Finders Keepers"), nursery rhyme romance ("Domestics") and on and on. It's a flexible format, held together by the simplicity and beauty of Laura Darlington's voice - uninflected, almost matter of fact, but full of a strange kind of magic.

    The Long Lost consists of high-school-sweethearts turned husband-&-wife Alfred (a.k.a. Daedelus) and Laura Darlington. Both hail from Santa Monica, California, where they met in the high school orchestra - he on double-bass and she on flute - and became partners in the ballroom dance club.

    After 4 years apart, they formed The Long Lost during a renewed courtship in 1998. In contrast to the avant-electronics and hip-hop aesthetics of Alfred's music as Daedelus, The Long Lost is a union of two songwriters & producers with a penchant for sad sounds and delicate, electro-acoustic melodies. These two hopeless romantics make psychedelic lullabies for lovers and the lovelorn.

    A fascinating and utterly individual project, The Long Lost take the subject of love away from the cliches and hackneyed wailing of the mainstream and reconnect it to those strange and uncontrollable emotions we're all so in thrall to.

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    1. The Art Of Kissing
    Producers: The Long Lost (Daedelus & L. Darlington)
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    2. Amiss
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    3. Sibilance
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    4. Overmuch
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    5. Past Perfect
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    6. Ballroom Dance Club
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    7. Siren Song
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    8. Colour
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    9. Regrets Only
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    10. Cat Fancy
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    11. Wobegone
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    12. Finders Keepers
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    13. Domestics
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    14. Awash
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    4 Stars
    Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 5/22/2012 9:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 76.24.0.16)
    Location: in da shadow of da living room
    Comment: thought this was a beautiful album... had shelved it for mad times and recently dusted it off on a daedelus kick... perfect for a certain different mood
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/2/2009 8:04:00 PM; Partial IP: .173.98.99)
    Location: hate ville
    Comment: sounds like portishead without the sick beats. kind of funky. I could throw in on when I got the emo girls over and making breakfast. its kind of creepy so I don't think I would listen to it before bed. I ll have creepy dreams.
    Name: (Posted: 1/26/2009 10:32:00 PM; Partial IP: 01.180.162)
    Location: Chi
    Comment: Yo these cats are different, but I'm kind of feelin' it. It's a change from some of the so called "Hip-Hop" bullshit that comin' out.
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