Loma Debut Album Tour
Saturday 02 June 2018 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
£9 Advance/£11 OTD
Loma’s self-titled debut reveals a band obsessed with songs as sound. There are endless details to explore discover here, stoked by the album’s urgent and searching lyrical themes (exquisitely delivered by the translucent voice of Emily Cross); and when performed live, the album feels both intimate and expansive, like casting your eyes over a detailed painting on a vast canvas.
It’s also the product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians. Jonathan Meiburg is best known as the singer of Shearwater; Cross and the multi-instrumentalist and engineer Dan Duszynski form Cross Record, originally from Chicago. They met through Ben Goldberg (of Badabing! records, who helped launch the careers of Tune-Yards, Beirut, and Sharon Van Etten)
Capturing natural sounds in a living and breathing world then layering music over them created a sense of discovery that extends to the listener; at times, Loma almost seems to be listening to you. But it doesn’t sound small, or hushed; “Dark Oscillations” and “Jornada” have a gritty, futuristic grandeur, and there’s also the loping groove of “Relay Runner”, the galloping euphoria of “Joy”, and the resolutely ambiguous choir of “Black Willow.” “The album is a journey,” muses Meiburg, “but we didn’t know where we were going until we arrived.” The journey’s end came with a surprising lesson. “It’s about having to let some precious things go,” Meiburg says, “so that new ones can take their place.”
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