“Vanity City” is more than just an album; it’s an immersive experience. Late TV’s sonic world envelops you. This stylish suite of 10 songs is like a finely crafted cocktail of musical influences, each note meticulously filtered through a noir lens, and elegantly presented for your enjoyment.
“Fools Fools Fools” is a decadent exploration of heartbreak, featuring new-romantic synth riffs and an audacious slap bass solo. Late TV then takes us into the gritty underbelly of “Vanity City” with “Body Parts” and “Night Tennis.” The former is a lustful, drunken stumble home after a night on the town, while the latter is a clever monologue
As we move into the album’s second half, the mood shifts. “Great Gulfs” ushers in an elegant Sophisti-Pop sound with soft, ethereal keyboards and chiming guitars. “Ghostly Girl” surprises with its fusion of jazz-age balladry and synthesizer riffs, creating a unique and entrancing sonic landscape.
The journey reaches its peak with “Topaz Galaxy,” a moody, expansive track that takes a departure from pop sensibilities, offering soothing mantras and a sense of ambiguity. “I Like To Hear That Bird Sing” is a drifting ballad that carries you away on a cloud of vintage synthesizers and delicate guitar picking.
The album concludes with the rock-driven “Pour Me Out,” featuring a pumping bass riff and an epic jam that leaves you with a sense of fulfillment and closure.
Late TV’s craftsmanship, attention to detail, and willingness to experiment shine through in every track. Whether you’re a fan of art rock, jazz-infused melodies, or simply appreciate expertly crafted music, Late TV’s debut album is a must-listen.
Review By: Diana Reed