Aimee Lay (from the album The Other Side of You available on Respectful Lust Records)
Aimee Lay was probably the kid that wasn’t afraid to show up at a party, gauge the crowd and put on a record she knew would likely baffle, or perhaps anger the attendees. The musician wears multiple influences on her sleeve, from pop to garage rock and psychedelia. The styles reveal themselves like water leaking through roof on a rainy night; they don’t pour through all at once, they slowly drip, and after a period of time they’ve filled up a bucket. That bucket of influences is full on The Other Side of You, the Manhattan Beach, California musician’s debut that is a delicate trip through rock and roll, 80’s new wave and goth, all delivered in a lazy manner with a touch of psychedelic haze and undertones of 1970s AM Gold.
Aimee Lay pleads ‘I’m crawling up the walls to see the other side of you’ in album opener/title track. It is a plea delivered like she’s trying to kick a bad habit, sung over a dose of punched-up fuzz guitar. “Psychedelic Morning” is a cut that speaks for the whole album; subtle nods to an era of music where psychedelia may have been ‘hip’ while also coming across as realistically dark. Aimee Lay has made an album loaded with reverb and beautifully under-produced that keeps company with artists from Marianne Faithful to The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The Other Side of You opens its doors, welcoming with open-arms the black velvet lounge singer that has dared set up shop at a goth party. (by Bryant Liggett)
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