ALBUM REVIEW: Louise Aubrie “Late 44”

Louise Aubrie

New York and London based indie-pop rising star Louise Aubrie has released a new album this summer titled Late 44. With an initial release date of July 13th, the punk-influenced album has the right amount of kick to transition into a new season with a new soundtrack. With Aubrie on vocals, Louise is joined by Tom Edwards (Adam Ant) on guitars, Boz Boorer (Morrissey, The Polecats) on additional guitars, Joe Holweger on bass, David Ruffy (The Ruts, Adam Ant, Dexy’s Midnight Runners) on drums and percussion, and James Knight on piano and keys. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Louise Aubrie was born in London, where she began recording music at the notable Mill Hill Music Complex. She eventually spent some time in New York where she further developed her sound, which would evolve into the edgy indie-punk rock found on Late 44, her third album. The record is preceded by her 2010 debut, Fingers Crossed… followed by 2013’s Time Honoured Alibi. This time around on Late 44, Louise has written all her own material.

One of our favorite tracks is the aptly named “Perfect Battle Cry.” Aside from having a title that makes us want to put on our warrior paint, it blends pleasing pop sensibilities with a cheeky punk edge. It’s the indie punk femme anthem, the 2015 evolution of “Love is a Battlefield.”

Forget love and begin thrashing in the in-your-face “Too Late.” The song melts into the warmer “Next to Nothing.” “I know next to nothing…” wails Aubrie, with a slight ska sound reminiscent of early No Doubt, and lyrics with tongue-in-cheek self deprecation. Speaking of No Doubt, along with Aubrie’s cool indie punk chick vibes all her own, her debut album was was mastered by Dave Collins Audio in Los Angeles, former Chief Mastering Engineer of A&M Studios, who has worked with Madonna, No Doubt and The Police.

Proving you don’t have to be weak to be romantic, or even conform to traditional female pop star standards, Aubrie bears her heart on “Candlelight.” “Where thunder struck down we stopped, in awe with our promises to keep. Playing games by candlelight…” The album closes out with “Please Don’t Touch” – an apt warning to conclude what is a feminist punk-pop album that becomes increasingly intimate with each play. If there’s a message any woman can relate to – it’s “Please don’t touch me!” Yet despite its seemingly aggressive message, the song is soul-wrenchingly beautiful. With an abundance of radio songs of romance that aim to please the male, a cohesive work of art that hits every emotion from wanting distance, to being wooed, to the scariness of allowing oneself to fall in love, the femmes of AudioFemme thank Aubrie.

You can stream Late 44 below.

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