New Video: The Swooning Romanticism of Lady Low’s Hello Sweet Goodbye

Comprised of founding member Jimmy Sweet (guitar, vocals), who was a member of the San Francisco, CA-based punk band Richmond Sluts and a touring member of Hot Hot Heat; Rachel Maxann (vocals, synth, bass), Eden Lee (vocals, drums), Kaitlin Wolfberg (violin) and Hannah Blumenfeld (violin), the Los Angeles-based quintet Lady Low have received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere for a sound that the band has dubbed “romance rock,” which combines fairly straightforward, old-school rock ‘n’ roll three chord, 12-bar blues approach with gorgeously lush strings to craft a swooning yet gritty sound. And as I’ve mentioned in previous posts about the band, their sound seems to indirectly channel Phil Spector‘s renowned “Wall of Sound” production — but inspired by chamber pop and goth rock.

The quintet’s latest single, “Hello Sweet Goodbye” will further cement their growing reputation for crafting brooding and swooning songs — but in particular, as the band has begun to predominately feature Rachel Maxaan on vocals, it reveals her to be an old-fashion torch song belter, which coincidentally suits the tone of the song. A gorgeously lush string arrangement paired with electric guitar, a persistent yet propulsive rhythm adds and a boy/girl harmony add to the brooding and swooning feel to the song.