Littlefoot – Honeymoon/Feel Better
Jesse E. Mullen
In anticipation of their second record entitled Lavender, Somerville’s Littlefoot have released two lush pieces of dreampop that show off the collective strengths of their new lineup. “Honeymoon” begins with a heavily delayed guitar lead, which transitions into Erica Sutherland’s hopeful tale of romantic companionship. Always a gifted singer, Sutherland’s vocals are simply breathtaking here. Rhythm section Matt Liset (Drums) and Zy Baer (Bass) also lock into a solid groove on the track, with Baer’s style emphasizing a greater dub influence than past Littlefoot bassists.
“Feel Better” is a different style of song entirely. Beginning with dueling leads (or “guitarmonies”) by Sutherland and new guitarist Dash Lunde, the song establishes itself as a much darker piece. The verses recall the early ‘60s/dreampop combination that Sutherland is known for. However, the choruses are punctuated by an icy synth line, and Lunde’s dark leads. The chemistry in the group that these two singles reveal is simply stunning. Judging by recent performances of the rest of the tracks, Lavender very well could be one of the strongest EPs of the year. Pick it up on 11/17 or pre-order on Bandcamp here: