CD Review: Lesoir – Mosaic

In 2019 Lesoir toured as ‘special guests’ of Riverside and were inspired to write this new album, their fifth.  Recorded in the winter of 2019, the result is an emotional, less angry offering than previous albums and seeeks to capture their dynamics, recreating the energy of their live performance.

Strengthened by producer duo John Cornfield (Muse, Supergrass, Ben Howard and Robert Plant) and Paul Reeve (vocal producer of Matt Bellamy), Mosaic was shaped in a 10-day session at Airfield studio (St. Merryn, UK). With 10 years between the release of their debut album and this fifth full-length album, I wonder if Lesoir think this might be the album that finally defines them?

I absolutely hate pigeonholing bands, but if I had to summarise them for you, I’d say All About Eve meets Karnataka. But do NOT restrict them to that.

From what I can gather, this is quite a musical shift, and if so, then I am impressed. Mood and tempo shifts, peaks and lulls, atmospheric touches, rhythmic and melodic niceties abound. It’s a pleasant blend of post-rock, melodic prog, ambient shoegazing, and even some metallic crunch, so you can add Anathema to my previous summary I suppose. It is an atmospheric colourful rock-based album that generates interest through the numerous tones and textures during the nine interesting and engaging tracks.

Maastricht 2 maart 2020 LESOIR Foto: Harry Heuts

In short, ‘Mosaic’ is a lovely album, a grower which reveals itself over repeated listens, good songwriting passionately and professionally performed. Worth a listen or ten.

Track Listing:

1. Mosaic

2. Is This It?

3. Somebody Like You

4. The Geese

5. Measure of Things

6. Dystopia

7. It’s Never Quiet

8. MXI

9. Two Faces

Maartje Meessen – Lead Vocals, Piano, Hammond, Flute
Eleën Bartholomeus – Backing Vocals, Saz, Percussion
Ingo Dassen – Electric, Acoustic & Baritone Guitars, Synths, Beat Programming
Ingo Jetten – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Electric, Acoustic & Pedal Steel Guitars
Bob Van Heumen – Drums & Percussion, Backing Vocals

Record Label: GlassVille Music

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