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Laika by The First Eloi

In a world inching closer to the imaginative landscapes of H.G. Wells, emerges a band that feels both nostalgic and futuristic – The First Eloi. Formed by the serendipitous union of two noise and post-punk veterans with a young siren they discovered in a verdant park, the trio has crafted a sound that is both ethereal and powerful.

“Laika” is a testament to this unique blend. The track immediately immerses listeners in a sea of big, fat guitars, reminiscent of the iconic sounds of bands like Bloody Valentine and Ringo Deathstarr. These guitars, with their dense and swirling textures, create a sonic tapestry that envelops the listener, transporting them to a dreamy, otherworldly realm.

Floating atop this rich instrumental base is the light, airy voice of their young vocalist. Her voice, delicate yet confident, serves as the perfect counterpoint to the weighty instrumentation. It’s a juxtaposition that works beautifully, creating a balance between the heavy and the ethereal, the grounded and the celestial.

The title “Laika” evokes images of the pioneering space dog, and in many ways, the song feels like a journey through the cosmos. It’s a voyage of discovery, of venturing into the unknown, and of finding beauty in the vast expanse of the universe.

As we eagerly await the full album release in March 2023, “Laika” offers a tantalizing glimpse into what The First Eloi has in store. If this track is any indication, listeners are in for a treat. For those too impatient to wait, perhaps a trip in a time machine is in order. But for the rest of us, the anticipation is part of the joy.