News for Loma

NEWS : WED, SEP 23, 2020 at 6:58 AM

Watch Loma’s hypnotic visuals for forthcoming album title track “Don’t Shy Away” and another new single “I Fix My Gaze”

Don’t Shy Away will be out worldwide October 23rd from Sub Pop.

Loma (Emily Cross, Dan Duszynski, and Jonathan Meiburg) has delivered two new official videos from Don’t Shy Away, their forthcoming longplayer. The aerial shot for melancholic new single “Don’t Shy Away” (the title track) was filmed, directed and edited by Duszynski, while the hypnotic, introspective album opener “I Fix My Gaze” was filmed, directed, and edited by Cross.

Duszynski says of the video for “Don’t Shy Away”: “I knew I wanted a single shot with a gradual reveal to complement the slower enveloping mood of the song. The time-stopping effect draws me in without distracting from the music. I also love Jonathan and the dogs’ cameos.”



Cross offers this on “I Fix My Gaze”: “I wanted to convey the feeling of being free even within a walled-in space. Recognizing that you’re trapped, in a way, but that there is still beauty and joy to be found.”


Meiburg says: “The video for ‘Don’t Shy Away’ was pure serendipity.  So many things happen in it—the dogs, the birds, the timing—that could never be replicated, even if we tried.  And I love Emily’s vision for ‘I Fix My Gaze.’  Emily was a visual artist before she was a musician, and it comes through in everything she does.”
 
The Malick-esque visuals were filmed in Texas (“Don’t Shy Away”) and Arizona (“I Fix My Gaze”).



Don’t Shy Away will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL October 23rd, 2020 worldwide through Sub Pop. Preorders of Don’t Shy Away are now available from Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the album on translucent yellow vinyl. Meanwhile, LP preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive the album on dark green vinyl.


What “The People” are saying about Loma:
“Atmospheric melodies and Cross’ otherworldly vocals blend to absorbing effect…” [Don’t Shy Away, 8/10] - Uncut
 
“Loma are making some gorgeous, otherworldly music.” [“Half Silences”] - Stereogum
 
“Cherish their return, it’s a triumph” [“Ocotillo”] -  For The Rabbits
 
“Cross’ vocals are heaven-sent” [“Ocotillo”] -  Beats Per Minute
 


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, AUG 25, 2020 at 6:58 AM

Hear Loma’s “Half Silences,” a haunting standout from ‘Don’t Shy Away,’ their forthcoming album

Loma’s “Half Silences” is a sublime standout and visual from Don’t Shy Away, the group’s forthcoming album. Band member Jonathan Meiburg says of the track, “‘Half Silences’ was the first song we recorded for Don’t Shy Away, and we kept tinkering with it after we soft-released an early version last year. When you start making a record, you don’t know which songs will make the cut—but this one always seemed to belong, and we wanted to give the final mix (and its DIY video) a proper debut. People have asked if the fireworks are CGI. They aren’t.”
 
PASTE calls “Half Silences” “hushed and hypnotic,” and Gorilla vs Bear notes the song’s “haunting” vibe. Meanwhile, Clash Magazine says of the track, “‘Half Silences’ has a slightly more raw, visceral feel to their debut, its jagged guitar lines underpinning those fine vocal performances. Nuanced and mature, it’s the sound of those musicians further strengthening their bonds, while exploring fresh territory.”
 
Don’t Shy Away will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL October 23rd, 2020 on Sub Pop. The eleven-track effort featuring “Ocotillo,” the aforementioned “Half Silences,”  ”Elliptical Days,” “Homing” and the title track, was produced and recorded by the band at Dandysounds in Dripping Strings, Texas—with the exception of “Homing,” which was produced by Brian Eno.

[Album Art by @space_notes]
 
Preorders of Don’t Shy Away are now available from Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the album on translucent yellow vinyl. Meanwhile, LP preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive on dark green vinyl. 


Late last month, Loma released the equally stunning Don’t Shy Away track “Ocotillo” to rave reviews. Stereogum calls the song “A languid and lovely piece of music that slowly builds up into widescreen catharsis. Cross’ powerful, crystalline lead vocal is a thing to behold.” Brooklyn Vegan offered this, “The gorgeously widescreen ‘Ocotillo’ that sounds as open as the Texas plain.” Beats Per Minute had this say, “Before long, the first tastes of woodwind appear, and from there Loma keep “Ocotillo” continually growing, oozing beauty and pomp as they subtly add in more layers. Cross’ vocals are heaven-sent, looking out over the vast plains created by the band, and together with her we sail through it, soon finding ourselves in thickets of wild and noisy brass and strings – utterly engrossed and captivated.” And For the Rabbits raved, “[‘Ocotillo’] is instantly intriguing, the band continuing their collaborative approach to writing, and shaping their creativity into something that’s both dense and dextrous; even as it gets loud and jarring it always seems to maintain it’s propulsion, always flowing, always moving, never standing still. The return of Loma feels like a second chance, a band who could so easily have slipped between the cracks, returning to give us the chance to make them realise just how loved they are, cherish their return, it’s a triumph.”


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, JUL 29, 2020 at 6:00 AM

Loma to release Don’t Shy Away, the immersive new follow up to the group’s self-titled debut, worldwide October 23rd, 2020 through Sub Pop

Loma (Emily Cross, Dan Duszynski, and Jonathan Meiburg) have returned with Don’t Shy Away, their incredibly absorbing new album and the follow-up to their acclaimed, self-titled debut, which will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL October 23rd, 2020 on Sub Pop. The eleven-track effort featuring the standouts “Ocotillo,” “Half Silences,”  ”Elliptical Days,” and “Homing,” was produced and recorded by the band at Dandysounds in Dripping Strings, Texas—with the exception of “Homing,” which was produced by Brian Eno.

[Album art by @space_notes]
 
Preorders of Don’t Shy Away are now available from Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the album on translucent yellow vinyl. Meanwhile, LP preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive on dark green vinyl.

More on Loma’s Don’t Shy Away:
On December 26th, 2018, Emily Cross received an excited email from a friend: Brian Eno was talking about her band on BBC radio. “At first I didn’t think it was real,” she admits. But then she heard a recording: Eno was praising “Black Willow” from Loma’s self-titled debut, a song whose minimal groove and hypnotic refrain seem as much farewell as a manifesto: I make my bed beside the road / I carry a diamond blade / I will not serve you. He said he’d had it on repeat.
 
At the time, a second Loma album seemed unlikely. The band began as a serendipitous collaboration between Cross, the multi-talented musician and recording engineer Dan Duszynski, and Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg, who wanted to play a supporting role after years at the microphone. They’d capped a grueling tour with a standout performance on a packed beach at Sub Pop’s SPF 30 festival, in which Cross leapt into the crowd, and then into the sea, while the band carried on from the stage—an emotional peak that also felt like a natural ending. “It was the biggest audience we’d ever had,” she says. “We thought, why not stop here?”  

[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]
 
Following the tour, Cross went to rural Mexico to work on visual art and a solo record, while Meiburg began a new Shearwater effort. But after a few months apart (and Eno’s encouraging words), the trio changed their minds and reconvened at Duszynski’s home in rural Texas, where they began to develop songs that would become Don’t Shy Away. Loma writes by consensus, and though Cross is always the singer, she, Duszynski and Meiburg often trade instruments.  Meiburg compares their process to using a ouija board, and says the songs revealed themselves slowly, over many months. “Each of us is a very strong flavor,” he says, “but in Loma, nobody wears the crown, so we have to trust each other—and we end up in places none of us would have gone on our own. I think we all wanted to experience that again.” The album that emerged is gently spectacular—a vivid work whose light touch belies its timely themes of solitude, impermanence, and finding light in deep darkness. Stuck / beneath / a rock, Cross begins, as if noticing her predicament for the first time. Then she adds: I begin to see / the beauty in it.
 
It’s a couplet that evokes the album in miniature. Don’t Shy Away is shot through with revelations, both joyful (“Given a Sign”) and sober (the clear-eyed title track), and winds from moment to moment with confidence and humor. Like Loma’s first effort, there’s a tangible and sensuous feeling of place; insects sing in the trees, an ill-fitting door creaks in the wind. But there’s also a daring and hard-won wisdom, underlined by Cross’s benevolent clarinet, which often sounds like an extension of her singing voice. “Ocotillo”’s desert landscape unreels into a blazing sun; “Elliptical Days” seems to ascend endlessly like Escher’s circling monks; the jubilant “Breaking Waves Like a Stone” appears out of a haze of synthesizers that pulse like fireflies. A series of guests wander through these absorbing soundscapes, including touring members Emily Lee (piano, violin) and Matt Schuessler (bass), Flock of Dimes/Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and a surprisingly bass-heavy horn section.
 
And then there’s Brian Eno. Loma invited him to participate in the mantra-like “Homing,” which concludes the album, and sent him stems to interact with in any way he liked. He never spoke directly with the band, but his completed mix arrived via e-mail late one night, without warning, and they gathered to listen in the converted bedroom Duszynski uses as a control room. “I was a little worried,” says Cross. “What if we didn’t like it?” But it was all they’d hoped for: minimal but enveloping, friendly but enigmatic, as much Loma as Eno—a perfect ending to an album about finding a new home inside an old one.  I am somewhere that you know, Cross sings, above a chorus of her bandmates’ blended voices. I am right behind your eyes.



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, MAR 28, 2019 at 8:59 AM

Loma Shares Official Video For Their Sublime New Single “Half Silences”

Available now, worldwide in all the digital places via Sub Pop.

Loma is sharing an official video for its sublime new single “Half Silences,” which is available today through all DSPs worldwide from Sub Pop. The group are currently working on the follow-up to their acclaimed debut, and band member Jonathan Meiburg offered this on the new song and accompanying visual:  “We’re deep inside the new album, but didn’t want to wait to release this song. That’s not CGI, by the way; Dan and I held the fireworks while Emily danced and our friend Sam yelled ‘Lower! Higher! To the left!’. Watch for a cameo by Noodle the cat.”

The new track is also available on Spotify + Apple Music.




Loma, the project comprised of Meiburg (also known as the singer of Shearwater), and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, released their self-titled debut via Sub Pop in February 2018 to critical raves—including a nod from Brian Eno, who’s had the song “Black Willow” on repeat.  “I just kept listening to that song over and over,” he told the BBC.  “I don’t often do that these days.”  


What people are saying about Loma:
“A joint project that heightens each member’s individual strengths and shows off their surprising musical chemistry.” - Pitchfork 
 
“Beautiful…” **** - Q Magazine
 
**** - Mojo
 
“A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces.” - The Line of Best Fit
 
“A breathtakingly rich record”  -Drowned In Sound
 
“Compelling”  - Uncut
 
“Sad, slow, dark folk, with delightful homemade touches” - Sunday Times
 
“Immediately engrossing”  - GoldFlakePaint
 
“Hypnotic” - DIY
 
“[Loma] promises to be one of the most fascinating and exciting musical moments of 2018” - For The Rabbits
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Loma is available everywhere from Sub Pop.



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, MAY 23, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch Loma’s New “White Glass” Video + Their First Ever UK Tour Begins Next Week In London

“A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces” ~ The Line of Best Fit

“A breathtakingly rich record” ~ Drowned In Sound

“Beautiful” 4/5 ~ Q Magazine

Loma, the project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, released their self-titled debut album via Sub Pop in February. As they prepare for their first ever tour of the UK, they have shared a new video for ‘White Glass’.

The spark that led to Loma’s creation occurred in 2016 during a European tour in which Cross Record, opened for Shearwater. After an especially memorable show in Belgium, Meiburg approached Cross and Duszynski about working together. Two years later, their collaborative project, Loma, has released a debut album, and the trio is already deep into a tour spanning three months and twelve countries. For more information on tickets please visit lomatheband.com.


Loma Tour Dates + Ticket Links

May 30 - Brighton, UK - Hope & Ruin
May 31  - London, UK - The Lexington
Jun. 01 - Bristol, UK - Rough Trade
Jun. 02 - Coventry, UK -  The Coal Vaults
Jun. 03 - Manchester, UK - Gullivers
Jun. 04 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House
Jun. 05 - Glasgow, UK - Hug and Pint
Jun. 07 - Dublin, UK - Whelan’s
Jun. 08 - Liverpool, UK - Buyers Club
Jun. 06 – Oxford, UK - The Cellar


Loma’s acclaimed, self-titled debut is out today everywhere on Sub Pop. Listen to the album now at Spotify / Apple Music / Bandcamp / YouTube then trade yr dollars for it here or in yr friendly neighborhood record store.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, MAR 29, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Loma Share Video For “Dark Oscillations” Off Their Self-titled Sub Pop Debut - First Ever Tour Starts Next Week

“… A joint project that heightens each member’s individual strengths and shows off their surprising musical chemistry.” - Pitchfork

“Together they make songs full of mystery and wonder.” – NPR Music

“The band keeps a beautiful juxtaposition between major flourishes and minor dirges while the noise and dissonance never removes itself from the crevices of the songs.” – Under The Radar


[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]

On the verge of their first-ever tour of North American and Europe, Loma have shared a new video for “Dark Oscillations,” off their self-titled debut album, out now on Sub Pop. The black and white video depicts singer Emily Cross sprawled out in bed, anxiously shifting as a sliver of reflected television dances in the background.




The spark that led to Loma’s creation occurred in 2016 during a European tour in which Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski’s project, Cross Record, opened for Jonathan Meiburg’s band, Shearwater. After an especially memorable show in Belgium, Meiburg approached Cross and Duszynski about working together. Two years later, their collaborative project, Loma, has released a debut album, and the trio is embarking on a tour spanning 3 months and 12 countries. The dates include a performance at Botanique, the same venue where the three initially decided to create music together. All tour dates are below.

“Joy” Stream – youtu.be/IMUApFRVfRw
“Black Willow” Video – youtu.be/u4yA8zM0ifY
“Relay Runner” Video – youtu.be/GAIeORh7TLs


Loma’s acclaimed, self-titled debut is out today everywhere on Sub Pop. Listen to the album now at Spotify / Apple Music / Bandcamp / YouTube then trade yr dollars for it here or in yr friendly neighborhood record store.

Loma Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Fri. Apr. 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Sat. Apr. 7 – Long Beach, CA @ The Living Room
Sun. Apr. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg
Theater
Wed. Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Fri. Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ MS Studios

Sat. Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern

Tue. Apr. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

Thu. April 19 - Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing

Sat. Apr. 21 - Austin, TX @ North Door
Thu. April 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Fri. April 27 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
Sat. April 28 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Tue. May 1 - Charlottesville, NC @ The Southern
Wed. May 2 - Washington, DC @ DC9
Fri. May 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Sat. May 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sun. May 6 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott

Mon. May 7 – Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater
Tue. May 8 - Montreal, QC @ L’Esco
Wed. May 9 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Thu. May 10 - Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
Fri. May 11 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Fri. May 25 - Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
Sat. May 26 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso (London Calling)
Sun. May 27 - Brussels, BE Rotonde @ Botanique

Tue. May 29 – Paris, FR @ Olympic Cafe
Wed. May 30 - Brighton, UK @ Hope & Ruin
Thu. May 31 - London, UK @ Lexington
Fri. June 1 - Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade

Sat. June 2 – Coventry, UK @ The Coal Vaults
Sun. June 3 - Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Mon. June 4 - Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Tue. June 5 - Glasgow, UK @ Hug and Pint
Thu. June 7 - Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Fri. June 8 - Liverpool, UK @ Buyers Club

Sat. June 9 – Oxford, UK @ The Cellar

Tue. June 12 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown

Wed. June 13 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang

Thu. June 14 – Lund, SE @ Mejeriet

Fri. June 15 – Gothenborg, SE @ Pustervik

Sat. June 16 – Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel Cecil

Sun. June 17 – Aarhus, DK @ Radar (DK)

Mon. June 18 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden

Tue. June 19 – Dresden, DE @ Beatpol

Wed. June 20 – Prague, CZ @ Underdog’s Ballroom

Thu. June 21 – Wien, AT @ Arena Vienna


Posted by Rachel White