It's been four years since beloved L.A. indie rockers Rilo Kiley released a new record, but vocalist Jenny Lewis and guitarist Blake Sennett have been placating fans with a smattering of side projects. That includes Bury Me In My Rings, the third LP from Sennett's other band, the Elected. Buoyed by Sennett's breathy vocals (which are astoundingly well-suited to sweet, sun-baked harmonies), it's retro in a way that feels less calculated — and less synthesized — than the stoner-nostalgia of many of his L.A. peers. The album nods to Laurel Canyon, the Beach Boys and the tanned and toned AM Gold of the 1970s, and it plays like the aural equivalent of summer love: honest, earnest, warm and fleeting. Opener "Born To Love You" is a lush promise of dedication ("I will love you until you love me too," Sennett swears), while the comparably funky "When I'm Gone" sees Sennett experimenting with darker themes ("I've been picturing the other side/ No one really wants to die," he croons) over sharp, spastic guitar. Ultimately, Bury Me is a classic California record, full of darkness and light, dreams and disappointments.
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