Reviewed by: Tiffany Taylor
There is no better way to begin the month of March than the release of On Ludlow by NYC band High Waisted. The band completely takes your mind all the way to warm sand and luscious sunrays of the beach. Lead singer, Jessica Louise Dye’s voice is seemingly excellent, she is the perfect front runner for this beachy vibe band. Rather than just transporting you to the tropics, the album takes you back a couple of decades to a dreamy era full of carefree joy and heartthrob jams. Each track perfectly blends into the next, eliminating every thought of snow and projecting every thought of a warm day.
Fans have been waiting for a full-length album from High Waisted for quite some time, so the hopes are that On Ludlow does not disappoint. Regardless the band is just thrilled to be giving music the people from the Lower East Side want to hear and hopefully to gain some fans (like myself) along the way. The album opens with “Trust”, an intro just gushing with smooth sound. The reverb on the vocals is absolutely necessary, otherwise I do not believe it would be up the quality it is.
Following the first track, On Ludlow takes a deep dive into straight beach rock music. For a band from the heart of NYC, they sure did not need a beach inspiration for the album because for them it is clear that it is a lifestyle. If you’re just listening through, it could easily pass through the ears, forgetting the song even changed. However if you pay close attention, each song is different in a unique and special way- whether it is with guitar chords or lyrics.
I applaud High Waisted for creating an album that represents summertime in the middle of the harsh winter blues. Surf rock is definitely a thing that needs to come to the forefront of music and I believe High Waisted could take On Ludlow and rise to the top with it. All 12 tracks have their own special flow that floats you through the ocean of good tunes and memorable times.