With a haunting sound that conjures up a sense of hopeful desolation (the kind that takes you back to the bare basics to allow for a complete new regrowth), Loma creates a sense of expanse and anticipation through their music.
A relatively new outfit that formed last year, this project consists of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record.
Their self-titled debut, released last February via Sup Pop, was recorded off a dirt road in rural Texas and contains 10 tracks which, according to their Bandcamp page is “an album that takes you to a place you’ve never been, with a rare confidence in the strength of its own vision.”
Closing track Black Willow instantly grabbed my attention because musically it is so uncannily similar to Black Blood & The Chocolate Pickles – Mississippi Mud, there’s no doubt about it and I’m not the first person to notice this it would seem, somebody has even pointed this out in the comment section on Youtube (see below). The song contains some pretty evocative lyrics too, getting stuck in right from the start with opening line, “Because I rode up to the edge / Because the life I lived is dead.” Observing a new path and slowly letting go the song breathes, “You’re always singing in my head/I make a home inside the wind/Stars are burning in the west.” I love the heady pressure of the beat, the closeness in the atmosphere that the melody creates, like the heaviness of a storm and the inevitable fresh new feeling that follows once it has passed…Check it out above and listen/purchase the rest of the album from here.