Love as Laughter, Oxford Collapse, Vacations Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Sept. 17, 9 p.m. 2008

Sam Jayne, former front man of the criminally overlooked Lync—a band that earned a cultish following in the early 90s with a prescient blend of hardcore and indie pop—started Love as Laughter in 1994, and from the beginning it’s been harder to pin down. At first LAL played a sort of twee psychedelia, but then they swerved into a Laurel Canyon stoner groove years before Beachwood Sparks and company made that shit stylish. On the new Holy (on Glacial Pace, run by Lync fan Isaac Brock), Jayne has ditched the post-hippie trappings for simple pop songs dressed up in complicated but uncluttered arrangements—his big collections of small sounds recall David Byrne’s carefully funky white cosmopolitan aesthetic, but instead of neurotic energy Jayne’s bum-out music is powered by direct emotional engagement. Given his track record, I expect this sound to break big about five years after he moves on. —Miles Raymer

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