It’s not all about labrythian song titles and artwork, although at first blush you might think so of Loch & Key. The new L.A. duo is a collaboration between Sean Hoffman, the former guitarist in American Music Club and Bedroom Walls, and visual artist Leyla Akdogan, and their debut album “Jupiter’s Guide for Submariners” (due Sept. 7 in a limited run featuring Akdogan’s hand-stamped artwork) is an endearing tour de pop. California-styled indie, French pop, cabaret lite – the twosome’s fanciful songs flit around on Akdogan’s airy vocals and Hoffman’s subtle guitar work. Drummer Derek Brown (Eels, Everest), guitarist Vudi (AMC, Ariel Pink) and pianist Marshall Thompson (Jem) are among the contributors.
||| Download: “Baby (I’m Thinking About You, Me & Somewhere)”
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||| Live: Loch & Key perform tonight at the Echo as part of International Pop Overthrow, and Sept. 9, 23 and 30 at the Redwood Bar downtown.