Loner Deluxe - “Songs I Taped Off The Radio”
Format: Cassette Album
Release Date: 12/7/2017
Rusted Rail is pleased to announce the release of "Songs I Taped Off The Radio”, the second album by Galway-based Loner Deluxe. This cassette album lives up to its title in that it plays like a mixtape curated by the artist himself, taking in his many musical moods.
The album dips its toes into a wide pool of touchstones and influences, from UFOlk to heat-haze beach pop, by way of lonesome lunar folk, library music, cosmic electronica and spooky sci-fi sounds, as seasonally-affected melodies shift and shimmer with the passing of one season to another.
Opening track "Winters Last Fire" had the honour of being included on Volume 7 of An Taobh Tuathail compiled by taste-making broadcaster Cian Ó Cíobháin, nestled alongside such artists as Sufjan Stevens, Colleen and Nils Frahm.
Featuring contributions from fellow Rusted Rail recording artists, "Songs I Taped Off The Radio” finds Loner Deluxe at the peak of his powers with guest appearances from members of A Lilac Decline, The Driftwood Manor, Music For Dead Birds, Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon, and So Cow, among others.
Initial orders of this tape will come with a piece of one of Loner Deluxe's beloved plaid shirts tucked into the cassette packaging: Loner Deluxe is literally giving you the shirt off his back.
1. winters last fire
2. west of the river corrib
3. darken my door
4. watch lake eli
5. moon dunes
6. how to sleep better
7. land & sea
8. magnetic storm
9. blue flame
10. echo chamber
11. nite klub ghosts
12. head for the hills
13. summer song
Watch a music video here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QxfDLes_lI
= REVIEWS =
"Sorry but we are idiots. Stupid, useless idiots. No, don't argue. If we were not then we wouldn't have put this album into the stock room without... you know...putting it on our site. How are we still operating? Answers on a postcard please (as we can't get the hang of this 'internet' thing).
Anyway this much delayed record is the new one from Ireland's Loner Deluxe - a collective based around heavily bearded sonic manipulator Keith Wallace. Wallace always seems to have had a dual interest in folk music and sonically chopped electronica. A glance at his long running imprint Rusted Rail will tell you that. It's no surprise then that this album blends moments of folkiness with a more electronic aesthetic. It's music seems to emerge organically and like the title suggests sounds like a mix-tape of found songs off long worn tapes. Tracks like 'Darken My Door' are seemingly built up from, simple riffs adding in all manner of sonics as the track progresses. Yo La Tengo make music like this sometimes - as if the songs are constructed in the same way you'd build a shed.
There's a fair few examples of eerie almost Boards of Canada style atmospheres that are given a Lynch-ian twist with twanged guitars and field recordings. Voice samples are used sparingly (hello Public Service Broadcasting') so they don't take over tracks but just create added sonic interest as Wallace plays with his various keyboards. It's this magpie- like use of instrumentation that creates a really interesting experience. A lesson in how to make music out of nothing but a creativity that needs to be harnessed and a room full of seemingly random instruments."
- Norman Records
"The only way to discover something truly new in music is to experience it without any preconceptions as to what it could encompass. Remove all your expectations, clear your mind of any niggling biases, shut yourself off from any stimuli that could interfere and truly immerse yourself. It’s advice we could all do well to follow, but when the occasional press release promises the birthplace of a brand new genre it’s near impossible to stop your mind spinning with all possibilities of what’s about to happen.
Songs I Taped Off The Radio, the second album by Galway-based Loner Deluxe does just that, offering humanity’s first taste of ‘UFOlk’. You’re forgiven if you, like me, have an inner Brian Cox compelling you to instantly toss reading this out the window and hotfoot it to your local record store to sample this delicacy (although the cassette only release of this album makes it rather challenging) and skip to the track in question.
This intergalactic package, entitled ‘Moon Dunes’, is a three and a half minute, immersive prog track that opens with Public Service Broadcasting-esque voiceover and questions about if our existence in the universe is shared and what evidence to suggest we aren’t is being hidden from us. Proto-electronica throbs and toy theremin combine to create an eerie sense of dread as the track meanders along – chilling enough when you’re listening inside through headphones, but out on your own in your car under a clear night sky and you might return with soiled seats. A handful of other tracks follow a similar composition, notably ‘Darken My Door’, ‘Night Klub Ghosts’ and ‘West of the River Corrib’, but each bring their own unique element, whether that’s a peppering of vintage synthesisers, thundermaker or bouzouki sounds. The latter of these is used beautifully on opener ‘Winters Last Fire’, which weaves together hip-hop and folk over vocals by Cecilia Danell.
Despite being the alleged homeplace of a brand new genre which has sturdy foundations and an instant feel of familiarity, Songs I Taped Off The Radio comes into its own on ‘How To Sleep Better’ and ‘Summer Song’, which follow more in your face algorithms, full of immersive hazy guitar layering and pop structures. In doing so they provide the standout moments of the album, and yield poignant moments of emotional uplift and unleash wave after wave of serotonin. ‘How To Sleep Better’ is notably the album’s furthest foray into rock, with Rusted Rail labelmates Aaron Coyne of Yawning Chasm and Gary Morrison from The Hollows slinking together distorted chords and palm-muted harmonics into a melee of road trip-friendly feedback. ‘Summer Song’ is a mille-feuille of cliched seasonal imagery and breezy pop, toying with spaced MicroKorg, web-like lead guitar lines and generous helpings of banjo.
Whilst Songs I Taped Off The Radio is adventurous, expansive and full of colourful ideas, there is an overriding sense that the ideas could be explored a little deeper, perhaps stretched out a little more into seven or eight minute symphonies of synthesisers. All the right ideas are in place, but given the often short duration of each track it’s hard to spend too long in the mindset that each song attempts to convey. Nevertheless, there’s an abundance of interesting experiments that contrast the analogue with the digital, the retro with the modern and the astral elements with the earthier tones, which make for a captivating listen that will itch underneath your skin. The timeless nature of our fixation with outer space and UFOs will ensure the record is enjoyed, which is a final bittersweet kick given that not so many of us have working cassette players anymore. " - The Thin Air
"In un periodo di sorprendente riscoperta dei supporti analogici, cosa c’è di più desueto ed alieno dall’era digitale che registrare le canzoni dalla radio, ovviamente sull’immancabile cassettina? Per chi, come Keith Wallace, ha avuto vent’anni a metà dei Novanta, non sarà certo certamente sconosciuta tale pratica, né tanto meno i suoi risultati di fedeltà medio bassa, impurità di registrazione e, soprattutto, eterogeneità e scarsa consequenzialità di contenuto. Poiché l’eterogeneità è da sempre caratteristica distintiva della musica realizzata da Wallace sotto l’alias Loner Deluxe, proprio alla vecchia pratica di registrazione analogica l’artista irlandese ha inteso dedicare il suo secondo lavoro sulla lunga distanza, non a caso intitolato “Songs I Taped Off The Radio”.
Come facilmente intuibile, si tratta di qualcosa che assomiglia molto a una compilation, un pot-pourri di suoni e stili, riassunti nella stessa personalità di Wallace e ulteriormente amplificati dalla partecipazione di un folto novero di artisti, tutti gravitanti intorno alla sua etichetta Rusted Rail, tra i quali possono citarsi membri di A Lilac Decline, The Driftwood Manor, Music For Dead Birds e Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon. Lungo il corso dei quattordici brani che formano il lavoro, possono dunque scorgersi obliqui spunti armonici, istantanee di folk visionario e, soprattutto, esperimenti elettronici in bassa fedeltà e altrettanto “sporche” cavalcate elettriche.
Che si tratti di canzoni pop sognanti o distopiche (fondamentale il contributo vocale di Cecilia Danell su “Winters Last Fire” e “Land And Sea”), di granulosi spunti rock come quello in odor di Pavement di “How To Sleep Better” o ancora dei ricorrenti scenari futuribili descritti al tempo della cassetta in gran parte dei concisi brani del lavoro, l’indole variopinta di Wallace non mostra cedimenti alla nostalgia, se non appunto a quella di un supporto tornato in auge e dei tempi in cui procurarsi la musica era un’avventura che ben valeva qualche interferenza, fedelmente catturata o ricreata ad arte in “Songs I Taped Off The Radio”, con passione autentica e molto divertita."
- Music Wont Save You