The latest WFMO X Music Savage Show â€œSong of the Weekâ€ spotlight is focused on the luminousÂ new Lucius single, â€œNeighbors,â€ fromÂ the LA-based bandâ€™s forthcoming release, Nudes, out March 2nd via Mom + Pop Music. The album is a collection of acoustic songs which features contributions from Roger Waters and Nels Cline (Wilco).
Lucius are Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Dan Molad and Peter Lalish, all of whom attended Berklee College of Music here in Boston. The bandÂ formed in Brooklyn in 2005 and they released their now out of print debut album, Songs From The Bromley House, in 2009, although at that time Lucius was a duo consisting ofÂ vocalists Wolfe andÂ Laessig. It was the bandâ€™s thirdÂ releaseÂ Wildewoman (which came out in 2013 and included Molad and Lalish) that is considered their actual debut album and put the band on the music worldâ€™s radar.
â€œNeighborsâ€ is the first single and perfectly sets the tone albumâ€™s tone with Wolfe andÂ Laessigâ€™s otherworldly voices crisscrossing through guitar chords effortlessly, creating an harmonious sound that envelops the listener. Lucius is derived from the Latin word Lux meaning â€œLightâ€ and the Latin verb lucere which means â€œTo Shine.â€ That is this song, and the band, in a classical language nutshell.