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they've been mentioned in the Shearwater thread a few times but they are clearly more than a "side project" or whatever now. Don't Shy Away is out today and, in a very crowded field, I think this might just be my favorite new album to drop this week. I'm bad at describing things via genre tags but I'd consider them...dream pop? with elements of synth-pop, ambient, modern classical, and a dollop of gothiness here and there. definite updated-vintage-4AD vibes. Brian Eno guests on the closer, if you needed a co-sign. a few highlights:

"Half Silences"
https://youtu.be/ysGQVNrxxW8

"Elliptical Days"
https://youtu.be/JkDXIcpQs2Q

"Black Willow" (from the debut)
https://youtu.be/u4yA8zM0ifY

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Friday, 23 October 2020 16:17 (three years ago) link

thanks for the heads up. I liked the first one, but haven't listened to it in ages. Will give this one a listen.

akm, Friday, 23 October 2020 17:48 (three years ago) link

the debut is wonderful but I think this new one might be a level up. lots of bands can do "pretty" but there's real substance to these records.

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Friday, 23 October 2020 17:51 (three years ago) link

this is excellent! kinda what i'd wanted these new puritans to be? also quite talk talk at times. i love all the woodwinds everywhere

ufo, Sunday, 25 October 2020 00:18 (three years ago) link

yes, I think this has potential to be both brad and DJP bait

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 25 October 2020 00:59 (three years ago) link

something else this reminds me of is the second half of hounds of love

ufo, Sunday, 25 October 2020 01:13 (three years ago) link

not something I would normally put on, but it made for very pleasurable sunday morning listening.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 October 2020 11:55 (three years ago) link

wonderful record

Davey D, Sunday, 25 October 2020 21:00 (three years ago) link

i really love how vast this album sounds

ufo, Monday, 26 October 2020 02:45 (three years ago) link

listening to this now - love how QUIET this record is, even/especially compared to the debut

in that also a really nice diversion from J Meiburg's work in Shearwater, which even when spacious leaned into a kind of FORCE

sean gramophone, Monday, 26 October 2020 02:47 (three years ago) link

yes this is a stunning album. Reminds me of lots of things...Shearwater and Talk Talk, obviously, Eno, no surprise, but also Big Science-era Laurie Anderson; and at times her voice sounds straight up like Alejandra Deheza.

akm, Monday, 26 October 2020 03:10 (three years ago) link

This is magnificent, feeling real Jane Siberry 'The Walking' vibes

Tim F, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 00:58 (three years ago) link

yes!

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 03:45 (three years ago) link

in that also a really nice diversion from J Meiburg's work in Shearwater, which even when spacious leaned into a kind of FORCE

Meiburg's evolution has been super interesting and rewarding to keep track of over the years, as someone who was really into Shearwater way back when they felt like an Okkervil River side project

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 03:48 (three years ago) link

People who enjoy this would probably enjoy CS + Kreme's album 'Snoopy' - which is one of my other favourite quiet album of 2020.

I'm also put in mind on occasions of Julia Holter's 'Have You In My Wilderness'. In addition to the formal stylistic similarities, there's that sense of the musicians being able to do almost anything they put their minds to.

Tim F, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 05:43 (three years ago) link

real Jane Siberry 'The Walking' vibes

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hi i arrived as quickly as i could

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 05:45 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTNw0JhaAPQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S0c9FlnAak

the live session they've been gradually posting to youtube this week is really excellent of course too.

ufo, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 07:04 (three years ago) link

These performances are terrific. Ocotillo evokes the last two Movietone records. So yeah, I'm on this one.

doug watson, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 10:59 (three years ago) link

I'm liking this a lot.

I guess I'd be lonesome (Sund4r), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 17:06 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

nice new interview/feature in the 'Fork, unsurprised to learn Emily Cross works as a death doula:

https://pitchfork.com/features/rising/loma-band-interview/

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 20:30 (three years ago) link

it hadn't really occurred to me before reading this because it's not how I listen to music but if you're looking for a calmer record with a soothing quality but that's not all-out ambient, def check this out

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 20:34 (three years ago) link

This is incredible, parts of it are making me think of Julia Holter and Stina Nordenstam

boxedjoy, Friday, 13 November 2020 08:24 (three years ago) link

On my third play this is definitely my album of the year so far, thanks for bringing this to my attention

boxedjoy, Friday, 13 November 2020 17:39 (three years ago) link

it has been bugging me all weekend who this reminds me of and I finally realised it's Mr Twin Sister

boxedjoy, Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:21 (three years ago) link

This album is very good.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 15 November 2020 03:36 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqBKMvfdGDQ

ufo, Tuesday, 16 April 2024 07:08 (two months ago) link

new album how will i live without a body? out 28 june

press release mentions laurie anderson provided them with an ai model trained on her body of work which contributed to the lyrics (???)

ufo, Tuesday, 16 April 2024 07:10 (two months ago) link

looking forward to this one

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 16 April 2024 07:19 (two months ago) link

https://lomamusic.bandcamp.com/album/how-will-i-live-without-a-body

Really excited for this; had been revisiting the prior two albums this month.
(new Lightning Bug album out next month, too, for more in this vein)

etc, Tuesday, 16 April 2024 21:34 (two months ago) link

I had totally forgotten about the 2020 album and how amazing it is.

Tim F, Tuesday, 16 April 2024 22:08 (two months ago) link

press release mentions laurie anderson provided them with an ai model trained on her body of work which contributed to the lyrics (???)

― ufo, Tuesday, April 16, 2024 7:10 AM (yesterday)

As someone whose very first (disappointing) experiments with ChatGPT involved trying to get it to write "in the style of" Laurie Anderson, this is wonderful news

The king of the demo (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 17 April 2024 14:40 (two months ago) link

That single ("How It Starts") is sounding great in the headphones too

The king of the demo (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 17 April 2024 14:44 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

i haven't spent anywhere near enough time with the new one yet but it sounds lovely so far

ufo, Sunday, 30 June 2024 07:45 (one week ago) link

Absolutely in love with the new album. It's definitely on the same level as Don't Shy Away and might even be better. These guys are quietly becoming something really special.

kitchen person, Thursday, 4 July 2024 15:23 (one week ago) link

Love this album so much.

The really larger tracks (e.g. “Unbraiding”, “How It Starts”, “Broken Doorbell”) feel just incredibly epic and all-encompassing in this very natural manner, like the hone band didn’t set out to achieve that effect but the scope of the songs just grew to fit the scale of feeling being expressed. It reminds me of old Low epics.

Tim F, Sunday, 7 July 2024 02:15 (five days ago) link

broken doorbell is something else

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Monday, 8 July 2024 23:56 (four days ago) link


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