With much controversy Jason Oosthuizen joined The Black Cat Bones and soon after left them to pursue greener pastures. With equally as much hype the Parlotones made their way to the USA and soon returned a few times for final farewell shows. Bassist of the latter, Glen Hodgeson, and Oosthuizen have combined forces to form Lost& Found and soon sent a fervent marketing campaign into the world to promote their debut album.
With a combined count of 453 tattoos and years of experience playing for some of the most renowned bands in the country fans eagerly awaited what promised to be a game changing album.
And how they have been disappointed.
The album lacks any kind of grit and enthusiasm. It is song after song of boyish melodies and fickle lyrics strung together with over eager hopes of radio play. Track 1 to 5 are scarily similar and if you were listening in the passing, you might mistake it for one unbearably long tune. Halfway through the album changes tempo and slows it down but still tries to convey the same message that I still need to dig deeper to find.
Hodgen unfortunately lacks any diversity and tenacity when it comes to his performance. Oosthuizen has uncountable amounts of talent and mostly demands respect when he steps in behind his drums but this is all overshadowed by light hearted melodies and insincere writing.
I am sure out there is a niche market of tweens trying to cross over into folk/rock music and this album is made to carry them through this journey. But let’s not be fooled by the awesome album artwork and brilliant promotion into thinking this album has balls.
Some albums are written as personal journeys and emotional releases and hopefully this was one of them. If round two comes along I’m hoping for something more musical and raw to showcase the talent I know both of them posses.