Notable for playing guitar in indie icons Maximo Park, DUNCAN LLOYD has now released solo album I O U O M E. An enjoyable melody laden ten-track LP comes with pleasant arrangements, which venture down the avenues of lo-fi and teases on the fringes of light psychedelia.
Opening with The City Weeps, the record kicks of with a perfectly crafted arrangement of instrumentation and distorted vocals. Throughout I O U O M E, there are stand out moments – for example, the Smiths-esque You Seem Confused echoes piercing lead guitars and rattling drums that give a refreshing sound to an artist who has previously been nominated for a Mercury Award.
A Little Lit Up dabbles in acoustic folk with a harmonica slithering through the upbeat three minute track. Ghostly vocals allow the rapid drums to take charge and inject an infectious dose of catchy, Duncan Lloyd magic into the album.
As a whole, there are no tracks that would clearly identify Duncan Lloyd as the guitarist behind Maximo Park. This is not a bad thing, but something that shows his versatility and ability to create a record away from the indie-rock we associate him with.