Loch Lomond - Little Me Will Start A Storm (2011)

After a string of head-turning, critically acclaimed releases on Hush Records, Portland's Loch Lomond is bringing their unique brand of raw symphonic chamber pop to the growing Portland label/media arts collective/store/gallery, Tender Loving Empire. Responsible for recent releases from the likes of Y La Bamba, Typhoon, Jared Mees & The Grown Children and more, Loch Lomond has slated their much anticipated second full length Little Me Will Start A Storm for release on Tuesday, February 22nd (cd, vinyl, and digital.) The album was mixed by Adam Selzer (who has recorded all of M Ward's records), Tucker Martine (Laura Veirs, The Decemberists), and Kevin Robinson (of Viva Voce). The stunning track "Elephants & Little Girls," the first single, is available now as a free download.

In addition to employing notable visceral and expert melodic acrobatics, the co-ed sextet of Loch Lomond distinctly incorporates the use of harmonic vocals, mandolin, theremin, bass clarinet, and all manner of exclamatory percussion minutia to foil the even more distinct and arresting voice of lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Ritchie Young. He's able to switch from high-pitched fragility to alto thunder in the turn of a phrase, yet he knows the power of restraint intuitively, saving vocal tornadoes for emotional apexes buoyed by string swells and moving arrangements. Few bands, especially of Loch Lomond's unique ilk, come from as disparate of backgrounds or intents: some members are teachers; some are computer programmers, some are visual artists and small business owners, and almost all are former high school band nerds, although one would never know it given the band's tapestry-tight weave of mesmerizing grandeur.

Loch Lomond
Little Me Will Start A Storm
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1. Blue Lead Fences
2. Elephants & Little Girls
3. I Love Me
4. Blood Bank
5. Water Bells
6. Earth Has Moved Again
7. Water in Astoria
8. Egg Song
9. Alice Left with Stockings and Earrings

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Tender Loving Empire
United States
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