Vibrantly inventive and nuanced in ways not previously heard, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete crank up their oeuvre with a level of fidelity and polish that advances their sound without completely trashing their history. The influences are many and varied, and each gets a glorious moment here to shine.
Favorite track: The Sound of All Things.
This summer, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete brings forth their newest long-player Balance on Captcha Records and Sonic Cathedral. Balance is an incrediblely unique record that goes far beyond the description of “psychedelic rock” and continues to defy characterization of any genre. This is a break-through record for Lorelle Meets the Obsolete: a complex album of synthetic and analog fusion.
Coming off of the critically acclaimed record “Chambers” Lorelle Meets the Obsolete have developed and refined a balance (pardon the pun) of poetic beauty, atmospheric sound-scapes and full throttle, mind-bending psych. The album opener, Balance lays down synthetic pulsing drive similar to bands like Total Control and Has A Shadow that pulls the listener in with the full, lush palette. However it doesn’t take long for the sonic cavalry to be summoned to completely lay waste to the land. The complexity of each of the elements on Balance shows the diversity of the bands influences without seeming forced.
Our dear friend Henry Rollins has been a large proponent of LMTO. We had sent him the tracks to balance soon after they were completed. He responded with, “To put on the dreaded critic’s cap for just a moment, Balance lives up to its name by achieving a balance between fuzz and clarity, nuance and throttle. The mix, which is incredible, utilizes the brilliance of the component parts of each song, with a subtlety and dexterity that is not nearly as frequent in the albums that came before. It feels more like there was such an accumulation of captured dreams and their interpretation, that eventually it filled an album.”
"Perhaps ambitiously titled The Sound of All Things, is the longest studio track the band has ever done. The confidence in the composition, with Lore’s vocal only appearing at 3:39, the almost Motorik beat driving the vocal into a beautiful wall of sound at 4:04. As the music fairly slams along, Lore’s vocal floats in and out. The dynamic shifts in this song are fantastic and are illustrative of the band really exploring the realms of density and dynamic juxtaposed to tempo. In other words, this is a really cool song."
This is the fourth album that Lorelle Meets the Obsolete has released with Northern California’s, Captcha Records. It will be released in September 10, 2016 on vinyl and compact disc. Plan to catch them in the flesh, as the band will embark on a tour throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and North America through the end of 2016 and into 2017.
released September 16, 2016
Balance was recorded by the band in their studio in Ensenada, Mexico. Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas) mixed the record at MINBAL Studios in Chicago and it was mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring). Daniel Castrejôn (Umor Rex) is responsible for the stunning layout and design of the albums’ packaging.