Lydia - Assailants
It is certainly always a disappointment when a group loses a vital member. Lydia's 2010 release, Assailants, took a big hit after losing their female vocalist Mindy White. I can't in good conscience say that this was a sore listen, it's definitely still Lydia and still bearable. The dynamic between Mindy and Leighton was simply undeniable and it's going to be hard for Lydia to recoup their losses.
There isn't much to say about the album itself. If you've heard Illuminate (Lydia's 2008 release), you've heard Assailants minus female vocals. The album clocks in at a mere 21 minutes (7 tracks) so there wasn't much hope for this to be a real hit from the get go. It's just more of the same from Lydia's Assailants. All of the ambient guitar work is still there and Leighton does a fairly good job of providing himself with those high pitched harmonies. The filler song on the album, "Music Makers," is just as enticing but not quiteas abrupt ending as the filler song on Illuminate. Other than that track though, the songs mostly sound the same. Very slow, very low key, very relaxing.
If you're a Lydia fan, I'd pick up Assailants, if for nothing else than to play it at the end of Illuminate and pretend it's all one giant album. Hopefully Lydia will feel out their groove without Mindy White or find a replacement soon so that they can return or evolve into something comparable to Illuminate.
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