Album: Be May Day
Label: Self Released / Available at Distant Noise
Self funded and released as limited to 100 copies, although available as download.
Review from:The Weblog Of Leonard’s Lair
‘Be May Day’ is the second album of the year from Luga AKA Lewis Broad-Ashman. After an original release of just twenty-five copies, it understandably sold out pretty quickly but will be available to download very soon. A good thing too as the music within complements the electronica of ‘Sending Triangles’ but is less reliant on shoegazing influences.
As electronica artists go, Broad-Ashman doesn’t seem to be one of the understated kind. His music deals in broad layers of music; consistently made up of layers of beats, bleeps and sheets of synth melodies. ‘Understand Theory’ – one of the few tracks to use vocals – is full of the kind of warm tune-making that Luga is capable of. Yet it’s only towards the middle of the album that the artist seems to explore new and more satisfying territory.
‘Be Mine’ and ‘Monitron’s frosty outlook and metronomic rhythms reminded me of Millimetrik whilst ‘Living’, a refreshingly laidback but mysterious number, reveals a complexity absent from the beginning of the record. Meanwhile, the clever ‘Way Home’ experiments with robotic noises but makes them sound almost emotional.
Overall, ‘Be May Day’ is an album to remain in the shadows of similarly-styled records from Avrocar and Millimetrik, yet it shows a lot of potential. If Lewis Broad-Ashman can continue to work on a unique style, there’s no reason why his material can’t sit amongst more exalted company.