It doesn't take more than a cursory listen to discover that Lacona has a depth to its songwriting and markedly different style from one track to the next. Some may claim they're disjointed, or not mature enough to settle on a sound, but this is a really just the result of a band not satisfied with writing the same material ad infinitum. With the instillation of its stabbing guitars, howling keys, and sparse splashes of strings and horns, Lacona unleashes its first full-length record and most arresting offering to date, Pantomime. A true loner's record, Pantomime spins a tale of youth, alienation, and the accompanying dismal landscape of a gray midwestern town.
Their sound has been likened to Granddaddy and The Cure wrapped in shades of 60's /psych rock. Their dark and introspective vocals land somewhere between Thom Yorke and David Bowie. As the Chicago Reader put it "romatic-80's-pop sense of melody". Or perhaps "Indie rock that keeps you guessing." (pluginmusic.com) Lacona's technical prowess allows them to jump from style to style giving the listener a mix they haven't heard before in one place. On Pantomime hazy wilting acoustic strumming, meets jazz influenced changes, and driving guitar power-pop collides with dancy synths. Here radio-friendly meets the apathetic.
Take a look at the demographic of the typical rock or indie rock buyer. These people are primarily musicians and students; spending their solitary moments suspended between headphones catching the subtle nuances and sonic treats hidden under layers of studio trickery. These are intelligent people with a complex pallet for new music not the same old song. On Pantomime a new sound waits for them with its infections groove and cerebral syncopation.