There are many reasons to like Lucius. This Brooklyn band has found a musical groove that is fresh and fun. Jess Wolf and Holly Laessig are the perfect vocal duo to front the band. Their harmonies are wonderful and they have a great knack for style and live performance. The band’s uplifting sound is hard to pigeonhole—they borrow from doo-wop, soul, and the girl bands of the early 60s. It’s like mixing The Supremes, some vintage fuzzy guitar, some soul, a touch of folk, and an indie attitude in a big musical blender. The result is a debut album that is one of the best new pop albums I’ve heard in a while. Standout tracks include “Go Home,” and “Two of Us on the Run.” Check them out on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts on Youtube.


– Gerald Graham