Millennials are constantly in demand of finding more efficient ways to do things, and not even music has been able to escape the wrath of our impatience. For this generation, there’s nothing worse than having to wait to be satisfied, and subsequently pop music has become a lot more unforgivingly cutthroat. With that taken into consideration, Lord & Lady really are a band that was built for these modern times we’re living in. Their music comes ready-made for the radio and doesn’t need more time to find its identity. Scott Oatley and Rachel Panchal know exactly the kind of music they want to make, and their intense creative confidence has resulted in a phenomenal EP titled No Ghost.

Right now pop music is getting a lot of makeovers from twenty-somethings who aren’t satisfied with the current standard of practice, and the biggest revision being made is in pop’s physicality. Millennials don’t just want catchy songs, they want tangibly accessible works of art that reach out and capture our emotions rather than just describing them. It only takes “The Lift,” the star single that launched No Ghost, a few bars before we’re totally hypnotized by its radiant glow. Lord & Lady simply don’t make pop songs, they make pop soundscapes.

None of the songs on No Ghost are formulaic in nature, but there is a certain theme that hovers over the entire record that keeps everything tightly wrapped together in a neat package. I interpreted the overall lyrical theme of No Ghost to be embracing risks and taking chances, which I found to be autobiographical of the band’s actual approach to recording and producing music. Art imitates life which in turn is usually imitating art, but Lord & Lady really know how to trim cut through the semantics and really get down to the barebones of their message like nobody else in this business.


There’s something really dreamy about Lord & Lady’s style, but I don’t think I would call it dream pop per-say. Unlike most dream pop acts, their music isn’t druggy or overly psychedelic-tinged to separate itself from the pop music mainstream, but it isn’t too far off from the ambience of atmospheric avant-garde pop to be completely removed from the same tree of influences. The biggest thing that has kept similarly stylized indie duos from finding the success that Lord & Lady have with their work has been big egos, and that’s one thing that you won’t hear a trace of when listening to No Ghost.

I don’t think that one band or one artist over any other can be responsible for defining the sound of an entire generation, but Lord & Lady are sure coming close with the music that they’re turning out at the moment. No Ghost is so rife with gigantic textures and smothered melodies that can be endlessly explored with repeated listening, and that isn’t something that I can say about any of the other bands in their demographic right now. They’re onto something really big, and I’m not the only new fan who thinks so.


Sebastian Cole