Laki Mera - The Proximity Effect
Sleepy chillwave effort from Laura Donnelly and co
While the chillwave likes of Washed Out and Toro Y Moi purvey a fresh brand of electronic pop music that’s both soothing and stimulating, Glasgow quartet Laki Mera’s second album harks back to a time when it made people fall asleep in clubs. Think the musical wallpaper of late-90s chill-out – Sneaker Pimps, Morcheeba and their trip-hop ilk. Then consider that we nodded off for a bit just writing that sentence.
Essentially a vehicle for the songs of vaporously-voiced vocalist Laura Donnelly, they’re to be applauded for not letting contemporary musical trends sway their output, and instead crafting an impeccably manicured take on a sound that evidently works for them. But any album whose peppiest point, namely the track ‘More Than You’, accidentally recalls the vanilla stylings of Ellie Goulding has to be considered background music by design.