Creative Review New Music
After a string of head-turning, critically acclaimed releases, Portland Oregon’s Loch Lomond have signed their unique brand of raw symphonic chamber pop to cult Scottish label Chemikal Underground, also home to Mogwai.
With songs redolent of early REM, the psych-folk musings of Mercury Rev and the multi-instrumental fables of The Decemberists, Loch Lomond unveil their much anticipated second LP Little Me Will Start A Storm this month.
Check out the video to acclaimed single Elephants and Little Girls below.
In addition to employing expert melodic acrobatics, the male-female sextet of Loch Lomond distinctly incorporates the use of vibraphone, piano, guitars, mellotron, clarinet, flute, drums, bass, and other sonic treatments to foil the arresting voice of lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Ritchie Young.
Support on the night comes from three excellent folk/roots acts. Joint headliners Goodnight Lenin are signed to the revered Static Caravan label, home to Harvest Sun faves Hannah Peel and Laura J Martin.
Booked to play a sold-out gig at the Cathedral in their hometown of Birmigham in early December, Harvest Sun have landed a large coup in getting them on the bill with such like-minded acts.
Inspired by Dylan, Young and Simon & Garfunkel, Goodnight Lenin have played shows with First Aid Kit, Darwin Deez, The Features and opened British Sea Power’s Sing From Ye Hillsides festival as well playing a packed out set at Bestival.
With positive press and word of mouth attention, first single Crook in the Creek received radioplay on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, BBC 6 Music as well as airplay from XFM and BBC Radio 2.
Liverpool band The City Walls are a rock n roll folk duo who take their cues from musical heroes such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Band and Ron Sexsmith.
Having drawn comparisons with the likes of modern day acoustic acts such as Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons and The Tallest Man On Earth, the band turn in explosive yet intimate live shows.
Weaving a multi instrumental rock n’ roll – folk rock sound of acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin and heavenly harmonies through tunes dripping with rock n roll passion and immediacy. Early live shows have garnered rave reviews and a following of committed like-minded fans desparate for a music of truthful substance.
Completing the lineup, new Liverpool based alt-pop psychedelic folk trio All We Are have been given the thumbs up by Tom Waits at the International Songwriting Competition 2011.
Their three part vocal harmonies and kettle-whistling guitar float over flowery bass and hypnotic drums that rise from soft and haunting, to driving anthemic endings.
Having recorded their second EP in a cabin in Norway set for release in late 2011-early 2012, the band are touring the UK and Europe with Stealing Sheep and Love Inks.
Harvest Sun Promotions Presents…
The City Walls
All We Are
The Static Gallery
£5adv from Seetickets & Probe Records.