The Love Language's self-titled debut was probably my favorite record of 2009. It came as a burst of musical sunshine, and rarely left my car stereo for months. Stuart McLamb (who played all the instruments and recorded the record himself) found that golden mix of catchy hooks and deeply personal lyrics. The sound was a gritty, lo-fi, take on soul and doo-wop melodies. Sophomore effort Libraries is out today on Merge Records, and it picks up where the last record left off. Here's how Stu McLamb describes the sound on the new record:
It’s very expansive and rich sonically and all over the board as far as genres. Some songs sound like Motown on steroids, some sound like orchestral My Bloody Valentine, and some sound pretty much like the last album.
Fantastic stuff - I can guarantee this will be on repeat for a while in my car. Here are a few tracks to sample: Heart to Tell and Blue Angel are both off Libraries, Providence is one of my favorites from the debut. Enjoy!
The Love Language is at TT The Bears this Wednesday 7/14 - tickets still available.