Lucid Express – Wellwave
Written by Mark Anderson on April 20, 2021
When the chief sent me over this track to blog about, he said “when you see who it is, you’ll know”. How right he was. Lucid Express are five young dreamers creating a stunningly airy blend of shoegaze and indie pop amongst Hong Kong’s skyscrapers, mountains, and packed alleyways.
I had been on a massive quest to locate the seven-inch single of “Ado”, the band’s 2018 single released under their previous moniker of Thud. “Ado” and the B-side “Still Still” made a huge impression on me with the warped guitars, cavernous drumming and hooky choruses. Coming into this new single I was already excited.
“Wellwave” begins with a pulsing synth leading us into a more sedate space than we have been in before with this band. Kim, on vocals, sings in a way that is reminiscent of some lost, cult disco anthem slowed to a shuffle to and fro. I am immediately drawn to this new futuristic electronic vibe which at the same time is really retro. Mining that 80’s synthwave that we all love so much the band build a sound stage for the vocals to really shine on, and boy do they shine.
This new sound was signposted on previous single “North Acton” in that catchy synth lick. As that was a development on their previous work, “Wellwave” is a big step on again.
The track is accompanied by a video shot on Tai Mo Shan, the tallest mountain in Hong Kong, and features a performance from the band, intercut with candid scenes from the surroundings. The entire visual is given a nostalgic filter by being replayed and re-filmed through the screen of an analogue TV.
Further to Lucid Express are about to release a ten-track debut album to the world to compliement the singles they already have out there at the moment. If this is any indication of what is in store then we are all in for a treat.
“Wellwave” is available from Bandcamp now.
Lucid Express’ self-titled debut is due for release digitally and on vinyl in July 16, 2021 on the US label Kanine Records. The tracks are given an extra sparkle thanks to the creative mixing of Max Bloom from those noisy UK indie-heads Yuck.
Lucid Express will be available everywhere in limited edition turquoise vinyl, as well as being offered in a coke bottle clear finish exclusively at Rough Trade shops. Middle Class Cigars (known for quality artists like Sobs, Cosmic Child and Subsonic Eye) will handle distribution through Greater Asia, including a special cassette presentation.