To be honest, when we first heard Dev Hynes bka Lightspeed Champion's new album, Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You a while back, we thought it had been mislabeled. We've always had a soft spot for Hynes' borderline emo Brit-pop anthems, but the new songs sounded more like Suede and Pulp and had adopted a prodigy and fed him songs—it was loud, confident and surprising. Turns out it was actually him and we had sold him short (we're assholes sometimes), and Bynes was self-fulfilling the prophecy of his live shows with Phoenix last summer. And now you can hear the album for yourself and then buy it if you feel like it from Domino. You should feel like it.
February 17, 2010