Low Flying Jets – Love Is In The Air / 2005 Self / http://www.lowflyingjets.com / Reviewed 09 January 2006
There is no limit to exactly how much Low Flying Jets sound like Interpol in the first track on “Love Is In The Air”. To be honest, this is a thread that weaves itself through a majority of the tracks on the disc, but the band really starts to make a name for themselves starting with “Sea Monsters”. The falsetto tones achieved by the band at times during “Sea Monsters” really ties them closer to a Hot Hot Head type of sound, even as their instrumentation really has that same disaffected, antiseptic eighties sound of acts like Franz Ferdinand.
Where “Sea Monsters” was an important track for Low Flying Jets in the sense that it started to show that they had their own sound, it is during “How To Impress Your Friends” that the band really begins to shine. The most experimental that Low Flying Jets get on “Love Is In The Air” is with their “Twin Cities”. In “Twin Cities”, Neil Young, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Locust and early Cure all mix together to make something that broods more than a goth getting eir black lipstick taken away. This emotional intensity draws listeners further in and keeps them listening until the disc ends. The slightly more upbeat style of “_____” is a perfect counterweight to “Twin Cities” and is loud and raucous to the point that one wonders if this was the same sullen band that confronted them only a few minutes ago. What does differentiate Low Flying Jets from many of the loud and in your face rock acts like Louis the XIV is that there is some consideration on the part of the listeners to come up with arrangements that will interest instead of the same three chord bore.
This new loudness continues with “Shock And Awe”, but is moderated by an arrangement that will break everyone from their dour stances into a joyous form of dancing. Continuing their musical trip around the world of genres with the very Nirvana-influenced “Murderers”, Low Flying Jets really do not suffer from the same problem as many of their genre-diverse compatriots. This problem, that the band does not put enough of their general sound out for listeners, is something that never even manifests itself in Low Flying Jets’ situation. This is a solid album, in and out and the richness of sounds here ensure a high amount of replay.
Top Tracks: WCS, Sea Monsters