Sara Lov: 'New York'

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The Los Angeles-based dream-pop band Devics has enchanted fans for years with its beautifully dark and moody music, but there's hardly been a peep from the band since its 2007 album, Push the Heart. Thankfully, both singer Sara Lov and pianist Dustin O'Halloran have kept busy during Devics' hiatus. Each is working on solo material, the latest of which is Lov's The Young Eyes EP. Though it isn't set for a physical release until January, the EP can currently be purchased as a digital download. It's a glimpse into what will be Lov's solo debut, Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming, due out in 2009.

Beginning with "New York," The Young Eyes could at first be easily mistaken for a Devics record. O'Halloran not only helped co-write the song, but his piano playing gently backs Lov's flawless, heartfelt vocals. Lov later tries her hand at a cover of Beck's "Timebomb," transforming the song from spastic, synth-heavy dance pop into a precious, piano-driven piece. The only problem is that, with so much cheer and sweetness, the song feels uncomfortably out of place on The Young Eyes. This is especially the case when followed up by another gorgeous ballad, "Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming" (also co-written by O'Halloran).

While "Timebomb" falls short, Lov's take on the Arcade Fire's "My Body is a Cage" is absolute perfection. Her voice is irresistibly seductive on this song, and hopefully the upcoming full-length Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming will follow in a similar, melancholic path.

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