Los Angeles’ psychedelic rock quintet Amo Amo has just released your favorite album of 2019, and we’re hardly through the first quarter. Their self-titled record, Amo Amo, was produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James at a California vineyard, where the group retreated wtih no cell service. The result? Eight dreamy, sun-soaked tracks, featuring queer vocalist Love Femme’s entrancing vocals.
The opening track, “Closer to You,” sets the record off with angelic harmonies and Laurel Canyon vibes, before giving up the funk on the centrifugal track, “Antidote.” “The Only Thing I Got to Live for Is Love” is swoon-worthy, blending dark, Lana Del Rey-style vocals with the soul of Stax Records. “Wish I Had the Power” throws a hint of disco into an album already stacked with iconic influences, while “Echoes Just Begun” showcases the group’s startlingly unique flavor and Love Femme’s unmatched vocal ability.
We don’t give stars here at Left Bank, but if we did, this record would get 5 out of 5 from me.