Sound Bites: Lumanova

Lumanova


At first listen to the music, there are flashes of the Eurythmics and the Pretenders, but changing songs leaves a different impression. That impression could be a Amy Winehousestyled lounge tune or it could be Joan As Police Womanesque indie rock. This is the essence of Denmark-based Lumanova.

Admittedly, singles can be a blessing and a curse for some artists depending on what is on the other side of the single. Back in the 60s and 70s (and even before then) a single was released on a record that had one or two other tracks on the flip side. These were the B-side tunes that radio never played and fans only flipped over to listen to if there was something appealing about them (and often there wasn’t for most “pop” artists). These B-side tracks, however, determined the real value of the artist. Did the artist have more to offer than just the single(s)? In the case of Lumanova, the singles and everything else keep offering such wonderful diversity and dynamic music that picking a song to key-in on is difficult, but very enjoyable.

Take the single Made of Light. There are elements of a throw-back 80s rock style similar to Berlin (ironically the name of the album as well) and the Eurythmics. The song is an outcry for justice within the music industry for the artists, many of whom are getting ripped off by the mult-billion dollar companies playing their music (Pandora anyone?), but contributing little to the artists financially in return. This is something that Suzana Barbosa (lead singer) is very passionate about, which carries into the appeal of the song.
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If we lived 4 decades ago, I would have picked up the single with Made Of Light, which would also have featured Love Me Anyways, and I would have been thrown off slightly. This is because the track is such a different and alternate side of Barbosa’s vocal style (from what is showcased in Made Of Light), not to mention a somewhat dramatic change in musical style. Here more of the lounge jazz presence is beautifully showcased, complete with backing strings and classical guitar.
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Then we fast-forward to a modern indie rock style in the style of Joan As Policewoman or Tennis with the single (or is it B-side) Lady. This track is fun and spritzed musically with a catchy synth bassline and drum combination perfect for the dance floor. It’s easy to get into the hook and bee-bop along all the way through.
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If music were food this would be the perfect buffet because variety and selection are all here and all in one place. Lumanova’s Soundcloud page has even more music to enjoy. Follow and buy their tracks from their page.

DGrantSmith

Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

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