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YouTube Live: Le Loup – “Forgive Me”

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    You know a song is compelling when you hear it one time and it won’t leave your head. Le Loup’s energizing performance of “Forgive Me” in studio for Seattle’s KEXP has this power. And it’s not just because of the outstanding performance, but because this session reflects the raw talent and energy you will find from Le Loup whether you are seeing them live or listening to their sophomore studio album, Family.

    It’s a hard song to sit still through as lead vocalist Sam Simkoff reflects his energetic soulfulness in this session. Simkoff intensely delivers the lead vocals while Jim Thomson, Robby Sahm, Michael Ferguson, and Christian Ervin all join in for a full vocal sound. The intense instrumentation with Sahm and Ervin both on drums and a room full of guitars make it just as fun to watch as it is to listen.

    This energy is what makes D.C’.s Le Loup an intriguing group. While its first release, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, had a heavily synthesized sound, Le Loup took its raw on-stage intensity and put it into its studio release for Family. “Forgive Me” is a good example of how the album reflects the true talent and liveliness. Even further proof – Smirkoff says the song was a last-minute edition to Family and was barely touched with editing.

    The band’s intense vocals on “Forgive Me” leave some with the Animal Collective vibe. While I think it deserves a sound all of its own, that can be left up for interpretation.

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