It’s becoming increasingly hard to be cutting edge on the music scene nowadays with new music being spouted out all day, every day, all over the internet. However, London based three-piece Real Lies seem to have found a niche in the market. The band, formed in 2012, have taken time in compiling their 11 song strong debut album, entitled ‘Real Life’. The album varies incredibly from start to finish, with heavy dance influences, modern house music undertones, all resting under an electro-pop feel.
If you’ve been an avid follower of this group since their formation, you’ll be aware of many songs on this record. In fact, the opening four tracks are formed of previously released material. The finest of which are the brilliant ‘Dab Housing’ and ‘World Peace’. The former opening with the line “What’s the European Reggae scene like compared to the Jamaican scene?” before unleashing an irresistible guitar riff that repeats throughout the song. As its first line suggests it is a delicious electronic/reggae style piece. Without doubt an album favourite. The latter feels like something straight off a New Order album, with a magnificent electro beat and wonderful dreamy vocals from singer Tom Watson.
‘World Peace’ is also the first time that the listener gets introduced to the strong dance influence this album has, but as you delve deeper in to the album you are taken a quickstep further by tracks ‘One Club Town’ and ‘Seven Sisters’. The first in particular is just so obviously 90s disco, it feels like the conga was invented for this exact song. With ‘Seven Sisters’ you get another bundle of joy, a dazzling dance track, with a booming chorus that will get both you chanting and panting.
Readers may already be aware of the previously released single ‘North Circular’ with it’s beautiful, house based gloom, that builds fantastically and contains some of the finest lyrics on the record. It is a desperate tale of lost love, “always thought you were holding me back, but it turns out you were just holding me together” groans Kev Kharas in his melancholic, yet captivating vocals akin to that of a not quite so harsh on the ears Mike Skinner.
Another late dash of frolicking fun comes in the form of ‘Gospel’. Female vocals ooze and soar in the background, adding to the disco funk feel. Real Lies strut, swing and stomp their way to a scintillating opening outing. The real truth is that this band are truly inventive, intriguing and exhilarating, and this album is certainly one of the finest of the year.