There's a melodic symmetry to the Lies' songwriting that accentuates the subtleties within the layers of sound; multiple instruments play equal parts of the overall melody, without a particular musician dominating the tune. While a given song may include a melodic theme -- as in "Accident and Emergency" and "Cosmetic" -- each instrument feeds into the melody as a piece of a whole overture. The nursery-rhyme melody of "Accident and Emergency" begins with a nod to the plodding strain of Joy Division's "Atmosphere," replete with analog synthesizers shadowing the vocal melody. Vocalist Dale Shaw sings harmoniously between a low-register chant and a yearning wail: "Safety and silence/I want it all." But where Joy Division's songs evoked fatalism in their lyrics and a haphazard mix of instruments, the Lies seem almost optimistic beneath suffocating layers of antique synthesizers and strings. While the band's songs are undeniably melancholic, Shaw's lyrics never stoop to dour nihilism; nor does the music rely on plodding dirges. Instead, the Lies challenge listeners to hear the truth.
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