The Love Language announce Baby Grand for 8/3 release

by Woody on May 23, 2018

Photo Credit – Marci Hohner

Our little website has an irrational love affair with Stu McLamb and The Love Language. When Stu started dropping hints about a new album, I was stalking Merge’s PR team like Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Female. Finally, they relented and gave me a sneak peak. It is fabulous. I fucking love it. Here’s some more words from Merge.

You may not be able to see the gorgeous landscapes behind Baby Grand, but they’re so essential to the picture you’ll feel them in every note. Started in, of all places, a cavernous Virginia hammock factory, fragmentary demos came alive when splashed by sunshine during a move across the country to California, where the album was completed. “It was something just about being in a new city, and a new light,” McLamb says, “and reopening the sessions, and this demo that I thought was a throwaway, suddenly I’m really feeling it….” You can hear the freedom kick in when the backwoods country shuffle of “Castle in the Sky” explodes into a full-on anthem, equal parts outstretched arms and pumped fists.

Yet so much lies in the shadows behind these tracks: other states, other lives, other dreams, other relationships—fogged over, perhaps, but there nonetheless. Yes, Baby Grand has its share of breakup songs—nobody writes those better than McLamb—but this time, even as something is being mourned, something else is being worked through; as lovers have been left behind, so have places and a time in life. Listen as the heartbreak and yearning of “New Amsterdam” come crashing down into the beautiful stasis of “Southern Doldrums” (the former was inspired by Cyndi Lauper and Joy Division, McLamb claims, while the latter draws upon John Cale’s meditative solo records).

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