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Lavalogy

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Brain-ex
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Apple+Option+Fire
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Blue Dragon
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Over It
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Mummy Beach
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Iggy
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Lovefoxxx
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Resolutions '08
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JPG In The Sun
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Ghosties
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 27:09

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Amelia Raitt

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

10.06.08
Hot Lava, Lavalogy
2008 | Label: Bar/None Records

Richmond, VA's Hot Lava count themselves among the left-field (deep left) pop groups that have been delighting more and more sugar rush-ed spazzes in the last couple of years. It's no surprise they align themselves with Dan Deacon's Wham City collective — they have a similarly quirky, 8-bit sound, complete with short song lengths and lots of non-sequiturs. The highlight on Lavology, their debut full-length, is "Apple+Option+Fire," a mega-catchy lo-fi bounce that would be twee… read more »

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Apple+Option+Fire!

demonicmoose33

I cannot help but to smile, sing along with, and dance sporadically to Apple+Option+Fire! Catchy lo-fi beat always cheers me up.

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Virginia’s Hot Lava isn’t the kind of band that goes in for deep thought or weighty musical gestures on their debut for Bar/None Lavalogy, a reworked and improved version of their 2007 album Owns You. The group’s sound is 100-percent fun indie pop with an extra 10-percent of silliness thrown in for good measure. Songs about mummy-filled beach parties, dragons with spinach stuck in their teeth, JPG’s, and New Year’s resolutions show that the band has nothing much of import on their minds. No matter, the way they say nothing is perfectly fine. Singer Allison Apperson delivers her lines with deadpan sweetness, the band rocks pleasantly, and bandmember Jared Sosa’s production coats the fairly straightforward instrumentation in a fuzzy halo of reverb and fuzz. A couple of the tracks (“Apple+Option+Fire” and “Mummy Beach”) are perfect mixtape tracks for when you need to come out of a ballad with something light and fun. The rest of the record (apart from the unfortunate “O Retorno Da Lovefoxxx,” which is a semi-obscene ode to CSS’s lead singer that is too sexual by half and totally out of place) manages to escape all the pitfalls that bands who try to be cute and silly often fall into, namely, the sins of being too wacky vocally or presenting the music with too much polish or skill. It’s not easy to do that and their ability to pull it off makes Hot Lava a band to watch and Lavalogy a near-perfect album to play when you need some extra sugar sprinkled on top of a cloudy, humdrum kind of day. – Tim Sendra

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