With Lokemo, album number four, Arsenal has, if not rediscovered, then at least redefined itself. Not in the least because Hendrik Willemyns and John Roan granted themselves absolute freedom this time.
“If we felt like making an ambient-track, we just went ahead and did it. But if the next day a song came about that wanted to be rock, no problem!” says Hendrik. And that line probably sums up the essence of the group, because there’s no other band that can switch between styles and genres as easily as Arsenal can. You could call that eclectic… or multi-faceted… concepts that don’t stray far from the truth.
Take ‘Melvin’, the first single where guest singer Shawn Smith, in his own inimitable way, unleashes his hopes and regrets. With a chorus that locks in your head and a voice that will make you giddy all over. But even more than that, the sum of the parts sounds funky and sensual. Sexy, even.
‘One Day At A Time’, a song that announces the summer like the first swallow announces the spring! Even the video of the track was just out for the fall season!