Lorelle Meets The Obsolete will release their new album, ‘Chambers’, on February 17, 2014, via Sonic Cathedral and Captcha Records. The Mexican psych duo’s third long-player will be available on limited-edition pressings of red, green and white vinyl, as well as on CD and digital download. Pre-orders will commence shortly. In the meantime, here’s one of the hightlights, the blistering ‘Music For Dozens’:
Although this is the band’s third long-player, it is the first to be made widely available on this side of the Atlantic, and follows their rapturously received UK and European tour in September 2013, during which they were one of the highlights at the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia and sold out shows as word of mouth grew after the the appearance of ‘Medicine To Cure Medicine Sickness’, their memorable contribution to the long since sold-out ‘Psych For Sore Eyes’ EP back in February.
The first single from ‘Chambers’, ‘What’s Holding You?’ (also now rarer than hens’ teeth on vinyl), followed in September with everyone from Steve Lamacq to Frank Skinner spinning it on the radio, and NME getting a bit over-excited and describing it as sounding “like Stereolab getting wasted on Walter White’s finest blue crystal and pretending to be Queens Of The Stone Age”.
The duo (who play live as a four-piece using guest musicians) say they “had a blast” touring Europe – after trekking around North America and supporting The Cure at a huge Mexico City stadium show earlier this year – and are already planning their return in March and April 2014. One of the highlights was finally meeting their hero Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, who gave them some sage advice on – of all things – how to change a tour van tyre after they had a blowout en route to Liverpool.
Sonic Boom had already helped them in another way – by mastering ‘Chambers’ and making lots of the little details that had been buried in the mix come alive. After laying down basic tracks with Mikale de Graff and Alex Narinskiy, they recorded the album in Chicago with Cooper Crain of legendary psych/kraut/drone rockers Cave – the first time they had recorded anywhere other than at home in Mexico. (The album is called ‘Chambers’ because, while they recorded it, they felt like they were in various enclosed places far from home and everything else.)
“Most of the songs came out of jams, while the tunes on the first two albums were structured either by Lorena (Quintanilla, aka Lorelle) or me,” explains Alberto González, aka The Obsolete. “It’s a really straightforward record. To me it doesn’t sound as hazy as the first two and, as it’s the first time we worked with someone else behind the board, it’s Cooper’s interpretation of Lorelle Meets The Obsolete. Then Sonic Boom cranked the volume up!”
He’s right. The result is a surprisingly direct record which, despite locking into a pulsating krautrock groove on ‘What’s Holding You?’ or getting lost in a fog of white noise on ‘Music For Dozens’, always retains a very human heart and soul. There is diversity too – from the slide guitar and driving bass on the out of control rave up that is ‘Sealed Scene’ to the narco-blues of ‘Dead Leaves’ and the melancholy folk-gaze of ‘Grieving’.
The big influences that came into play while making ‘Chambers’ were Austin psych-rockers Holy Wave’s ‘Knife Hits’ album and the Ty Segall and White Fence collaboration ‘Hair’, which more than explains the garage-rock sensibility that pervades here.
Also mentioned in their impeccable list of influences are Nico, Syd Barrett, Broadcast’s ‘The Noise Made By People’, Albert Camus’ existentialist tour de force ‘The Myth Of Sisyphus’, Julio Cortázar’s short stories and Michael Azerrad’s book of snapshots from the US underground scene of the 1980s, ‘Our Band Could be Your Life’.
Thanks to the incredible ‘Chambers’, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete could soon be yours.