Magical minimal melodic melancholic Pure Pop, from The Lodger in the form of “Dual Lives”:

“Dual Lives” is the pre-order-tempter single from a new album “Cul-de-sac of Love” by the West Yorkshire trio. The LP release on Spanish label Pretty Olivia Records sold out in a few weeks so fair to say this song did the business. It may still be available in other countries via one of the links on the Philophobia Music Bandcamp.

Hadn’t heard of The Lodger before hearing this but it appears this is an out-of-the-blue new release after the band went into a decade-long hiatus in 2010. The trio is led by songwriter and guitarist Ben Siddall, and prior to 2010 released a handful of much-loved singles and EPs and 3 studio albums through a variety of labels including Slumberland Records in the States.

“Dual Lives” is Pure Pop, the distilled essence of the craft, reminiscent of the likes of “Rip It Up”-era Orange Juice, Lightning Seeds, and more recently Franz Ferdinand perhaps. However, it’s the uncluttered simplicity of The Lodger’s guitar-bass-drums-vocal pure pop on “Dual Lives” here that stands out. The rhythm guitar here may channel something of Nile Rodgers in Chic, but also a bit of Alan Rankine’s silky staccato rhythm guitar circa The Associates’ “Sulk” album. Magical. Keep these Bandcamp pages bookmarked for when the rest of the album tracks are available.