On their eponymous record, the moving styles of wife-husband team Love, DEAN shine through in eleven perfectly chiseled pop songs.
Meeting on the first day of music school, the chemistry between Rachael and Luke Price’s husband-and-wife music team must have been immediately apparent. Forming their group Love, DEAN – and by creating a collection of refined and moving pop tracks for their self-titled debut album – this bond, obviously, has only grown stronger.
Combining Rachael’s American and gospel background, and Luke’s bluegrass and honky-tonk, the resulting music is fresh, yet familiar. It’s one that pays homage to a range of stylistic turns throughout recent American history, while also honoring the band’s core partnership.
Although the record passes through a range of different energies, an atmosphere of intimacy is evoked throughout. From the opener To trick beyond that, the sounds are close and personal, with the harmonies of the protagonists delicately woven into the mix.
It fits perfectly into the confessional and conversational lyricism that dominates the record. Rachel says that “This album is a love letter to everyone who listens to it.” And that’s as apt a description as any lyrical pitch on the record.
For example, who did not hastily say something to a special person in his life and immediately sought to make amends. The second track on the album, You will not forget, is a perfect representation of that kind of regret. This poignant relativity is a common thread that connects the record and will undoubtedly speak to many listeners.
The music is joyful, cathartic and supremely executed. Aside from the formidable talents of its core members, Love, DEAN was supported by a cast of star players in the rhythm and brass sections. It’s colorfully rich in vintage tones, with Hammond organ swells, Rhodes chimes, splashing strings, and even an exulting gospel choir in the freezing closest, The whitest dove. And despite the expanse of that palette, the room-sized vibe is maintained, meaning the crisp analog edges of the instrumental and vocal tones are still present and vital.
The Love, DEAN experience is one that offers more rewards with every listening. Dive into the group’s eponymous record below: