A musically inclined family affair (with the exception of freshly welcomed bassist, Lalo Rodríguez), Ledaswan graces their SA faithful with an eagerly anticipated third stab at gloomy pop-rock ingenuity. Every track is aptly named in relation to the album’s title, save for the opening dance anthem, “Faulkner,” which begs for a sing-along. Ledaswan generally keeps their music repetitive and on the lighter, less complex end of the rock ’n’ roll spectrum, but vocalist Erica Monzón’s shadowy lyrics provide an intoxicating contrast with utter honesty and passion. Monzón’s pouty, Gwen Stefani-esque vocals are blindingly evident in “25 Years” (reminiscent of “Spiderwebs,” an early No Doubt hit) and “What a Way Two Drown,” a heavy guitar-driven ballad layered with airy filtered vocals. Surprisingly, the gang took their dicey chances and included an instrumental interlude halfway through the six-song EP. Genius, I say! “A Missing Fifth” accurately flaunts the fact that, though Monzón’s vocals often carry the songs, the band has enough instrumental muscle to produce a quality jam. With any luck, NUM83R5 Vol. 2 (set to release in the spring) will render similar flexing we’ve only caught a glimpse of thus far.
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