Burbank-based trio LoveyDove trade in an extraordinarily perfected and intricate brand of modern, underground pop. Led by Dan West and Azalia Snail, a romantic twosome who share an artful and unusually self-possessed synchronicity, LoveyDove, who appear Nov. 15 at Viva Cantina, specialize in creamy, enigmatic confections of pastel-toned psychedelia and intricately arranged experimental pop.
It's a sound lush with color and drenched with atmosphere, a distinctive approach that Snail describes as “a particular kind of full elation.” As captured on their forthcoming, self-titled debut CD, LoveyDove references Shakespeare, Brian Wilson, Sergio Mendes and Burt Bacharach, all entwined into a contemporary, defiantly unconventional yet comfortably familiar sound.
Dreamy, hypnotic and audacious, over the course of a dozen hopelessly ardent love songs they swing from vintage bubble-gum to swaying bossa nova to buzzing, synth-fueled techno. But this is no gimmick; rather it's soulful, serious business. “LoveyDove plays positive uplift music,” West said. “For us, it's time to feel good, to climb up out of the darkness.”