Lockets | Camera Shy

The Philly bedroom-pop duo, Lockets (aka Todd Mendelsohn and singer Dani Parker), released their new record, “Camera Shy”, today via digital format. The band tested the waters a bit with a couple of singles posted earlier this year, “Bitter Teeth” and “Treasures You Lost” — which you might have listened to and read about on Their Bated Breath. “Camera Shy” is a pretty blend of gauzy synth, and Parker’s luscious, candied vocal tones. “Treasures You Lost” is certainly one of the standout tracks with its rippling melodies, that begin with the lead vocals and work their way outward into romantic guitar swells and a tangle of bright synth. But underneath the pop and catchy exterior is a sad sort of nostalgia that coats everything in its mood-lighting. The feel of the record is dreamy, ethereal, musically abstract, but it also pushes with passionate purpose. This is a record for fans of bands like School of Seven Bells, Phantogram, or Memoryhouse. The record may not have dark or shrill moments, but it’s hard not to be hooked on a song as pillowed and precious as “Crush”, with its light haze transitioning into the swirling rhythm of keyboard and deep bass tones. It’s a record that exists as part daydream, part half-light of the heart. You can follow Lockets at facebook. Look out for a vinyl release of “Camera Shy” coming out later in the fall. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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