It’s finally here. And it’s phenomenal. The Love Language release their second album, Libraries, on Merge Records today. Honestly, you really don’t need to read any further. Just go out and buy it – it’s that good. I haven’t been this excited about something since the 1991 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue came out.
Stu McLamb, the Love Language frontman and creative force behind the band, first caught our attention a couple years ago with their eponymous debut album. It had a great back story – boy meets girl, boy and girl have a tough break up, boy doesn’t take it well and gets thrown in the slammer, ultimately inspiring him to record a breakthrough album where he plays every instrument and records it all on a $300 recording device. That album was one of HearYa’s top 3 releases of 2009.
Now, they’ve signed to Merge Records, shaken up the band a little bit, and Stu has orchestrated yet another exceptional album – this time recording it in a proper studio with the help of producer, and now Love Language lead guitarist, BJ Burton.
Simply put, an album and band like this are what makes me love music. McLamb is true talent. And on Libraries he’s masterfully juxtaposed beautiful melodies with just the right amount of organized chaos, and infectious 60′s rock n’ roll with hip indie rock. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an album with two opening songs better than the one-two punch of “Pedals” and “Brittany’s Back” on Libraries. Other favorites are “Heart to Tell,” “Horophones,” “Summer Dust,” “Wilmont,” and “Blue Angel.” Yes, I know I just named almost every song.
Their manager, Geoff, was nice enough to send us an advance copy a couple weeks ago and I’ve listened to it more times than I can count. Safariman and I had beers the other night and were gushing over the thing like a couple of 13 year-old girls. Imagine two teenage girls (ugly ones) talking about that vampire movie with the guy with the Cro-Magnon forehead that likes to take his shirt off, except substitute the girls with me and a190-pound bearded man:
Safariman: I love that one song¦Wil-something?
Me: Wilmont? Incredible. I think my favorite is Pedals.
This went on for about an hour. I’ve been too embarrassed to talk to Safariman ever since.
So do yourself a favor and pick up Libraries immediately. You won’t be sorry. It will undoubtedly be one of my favorite albums of the year.
And, you can catch the Love Language touring now and later in the year with other HearYa favorites, Local Natives. Easily the can’t-miss tour of the year. In the meantime, check out some MP3′s.
Video: The Love Language – Blue Angel (HearYa Live Session)