The Love Language announce new album, Ruby Red

by Woody on April 22, 2013

You will be hard pressed to find a blog, website, quorum of people who like The Love Language more than the fine folks at HearYa. We’ve been lucky enough to do not one, but two sessions with them.

Today Merge announced that The Love Language would be releasing their third LP, Ruby Red, in August. That seems apt as I tried to wash away a hangover yesterday by mixing some vodka with some Ruby Red. Alas, no luck. Anyhoo, here’s what the fine folks at Merge have to say about this:

Friends and fans of The Love Language songwriter and frontman Stuart McLamb have learned to expect a lot, but rarely in a timely manner. Completing a triumvirate of spiritual transmissions spent lost (2009’s The Love Language) and found (2010’s Libraries), 2013’s Ruby Red exorcises the transient brilliance fostered by McLamb within the sheetrock walls of the album’s namesake artist space.

Featuring over twenty musicians and straddling several time zones, The Love Language’s lone puppeteer borrowed heavier equipment, and held on to it longer. Initiated in a windowless unit at the fabled Ruby Red, several failed attempts and false starts at a songwriting spree landed McLamb and his engineer/case worker/boxing coach BJ Burton in Black Mountain, North Carolina, consuming every square inch of a carpeted bungalow located a few acres too close to their skittish neighbors. Soon after, Burton’s relocation to Minneapolis effectively thrust McLamb from their shared nest, helping Ruby Red discover its inherent propensity for flight.

Ruby Red produces new standards for the Carolina pop songbook, finding The Love Language as an extroverted community art project made by responsible citizens of a loosely packed scene who know that McLamb will match whatever they contribute. The heartbreak is over. Now we’re getting somewhere.


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