Hypoluxo, “Directions”

JP Basileo

A certain melancholy lies in states of perpetual sleepiness, known all too well by Brooklyn romantics Hypoluxo, who use this to their benefit, and shape it into something other. The first single, entitled, “Directions,” off their forthcoming debut LP, If Language, traverses a dynamic line of weightless drifts and heavyhearted cooing. The soundscape is rooted in an allure whose nature is uncertain, or at least subjective to the listener, much like a dream, or a hallucinogenic trip. It’s simultaneously beautiful and lonely, tranquil and urgent. A soothing, liquid bassline floats atop uptempo drums, and it’s the makings of a euphoric phantasm, the tranquil setting of the psyche. Airy reverberating guitar ripples nicely in agreeable conjunction, a blithe walk on water with the god of your choice. But it’s a dubious comfort. The construction of synth melodies, along with singer Samuel Cogen’s funereal baritone humming, instill a looming despondency, indefinite but difficult to ignore, and dually adding to the song’s, and the band’s, good taste. The instruments meld together gorgeously and carry the sleeper to the song’s final note and the whole thing plays as a saddened awakening from a pleasant dream, or its reverse.

If Language is out September 30 on Broken Circles.

Catch Hypoluxo on tour this Fall, if you can!

October
7 – New York, NY (tour kick off) @ TBA
8 – Philadelphia, PA @ HH Ranch **
9 – Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan **
10 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter **
11 – Asheville, NC @ TBA **
12 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 **
13 – Savannah, GA @ TBA **
14 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Wolf’s Den **
15 – Orlando, FL @ Spacebar **
16 – Tampa, FL @ TBA **
21 – Miami, FL @ Gramps
23 – Houston, TX @ TBA
24 – Galveston, TX @ TBA
26 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
27 – Tucson, AZ @ El Cocina
28 – Phoenix, AZ @ House Show
30 – Loe Angeles, CA @ Radio KXLU
31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Ham & Eggs Tavern

November
1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell #
2 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Subrosa #
4 – Oakland, CA @ TBA #
5 – Portland, OR @ The Analog Theater
7 – Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
8 – Boise, ID @ Nerolux
9 – Denver, CO @ Juice Church
10 – Boulder, CO @ Radio KVCU 1190
10 – Boulder, CO @ TBA
11 – Chicago, IL @ The Observatory
12 – Detroit, MI @ TBA
14 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
18 – Skidmore College, NY @ House Show
19 – Boston, MA @ TBA

** – with Wild Pink (NYC)
# – with Caterwall (LA)

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