The debut project from the former member of Gayngs and Rosebuds is a frivolous soufflé of soft-rock baby-makers and Disco Deliria that could have been crafted any time in the last 50 years.
Now and then, a record comes along that cuts to the quick of our political and spiritual moment. Blue Days, Black Nights has zero pretenses about being one of those records. The debut by De La Noche, which is fronted by Rosebuds and Gayngs member Ivan Howard, is a frivolous soufflé of soft-rock baby-makers and disco deliria that could have been crafted any time in the last 50 years. The song titles are basically just search terms for moods and sounds: “Dreams,” “Blue,” “Lush,” “Stars,” “Spooky,” and “Champagne.” It’s music for lotion-y late nights and cocktails with activated charcoal, like if Rhye dropped his falsetto and made a ’70s Italian film score. It doesn’t cut to the quick of anything, but it’s a lot of silky fun.