On 2014’s Chambers, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete found the perfect crossroad of heavy psych, krautrock, and (dare I say) goth. They also showcased an underrated songwriting skill: recognizing exactly when to let loose with a burst of screeching guitar noise overtop of the low-end rhythm murk that served as the album’s backbone. The whole affair had a decidedly grey atmosphere, but at least it was a living, breathing, three-dimensional type of grey, something like what I imagine Disappears would sound like if they ever followed the light at the end of the tunnel they acknowledge once or twice per release.
All of this is to say I still revisit Chambers quite often, along with a subsequent live set the band recorded and shared while in touring in support of it. Not surprisingly, then, my interest was piqued by news of the follow-up, Balance, due out September 19th. Our first glimpse into the album, “La Distinción”, does absolutely nothing to dissuade my optimism. Have a listen for yourself above, and then head over here for all sorts of other details.
Somewhat related: I’ve never really associated LMTO’s hometown of Guadalajara with a music scene, but I imagine somebody in a city with a population well over one million has picked up a guitar recently. Any recommendations would be thoroughly appreciated.