10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lovers' Carolyn Berk is a sharp young songwriter who started her career as an acoustic troubadour. Lovers’ seventh album (and their second as a trio), A Friend in the World follows up the shift of 2010’s Darklight toward minimalist electronica. Bright beats from percussionist Emily Kingan and cheery pop-synth lines from keyboardist/programmer Kerby Ferris accompany Berk’s lyrical ambitions. “Tiger Square” opens, pleading for love to overcome the daily obstacles that frustrate and short-circuit the better things in life. “Girl in the Grass” has all the potential of a modern new wave hit with a hook so strong someone could get hurt. “Oh Yeah” goes further and suggests that maybe the band should take over the dance floor with more elliptical, minimalist pop. There’s so much wishing for love here—coming from such a likably quirky songwriter—that hugs and laughter seem the only appropriate response. “Hey, my beautiful friend, do you remember the Internet?/I don’t remember the Internet at last,” sings Berk, lying through her teeth but knowing it makes for better romance.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lovers' Carolyn Berk is a sharp young songwriter who started her career as an acoustic troubadour. Lovers’ seventh album (and their second as a trio), A Friend in the World follows up the shift of 2010’s Darklight toward minimalist electronica. Bright beats from percussionist Emily Kingan and cheery pop-synth lines from keyboardist/programmer Kerby Ferris accompany Berk’s lyrical ambitions. “Tiger Square” opens, pleading for love to overcome the daily obstacles that frustrate and short-circuit the better things in life. “Girl in the Grass” has all the potential of a modern new wave hit with a hook so strong someone could get hurt. “Oh Yeah” goes further and suggests that maybe the band should take over the dance floor with more elliptical, minimalist pop. There’s so much wishing for love here—coming from such a likably quirky songwriter—that hugs and laughter seem the only appropriate response. “Hey, my beautiful friend, do you remember the Internet?/I don’t remember the Internet at last,” sings Berk, lying through her teeth but knowing it makes for better romance.

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About Lovers

Specializing in an evocative mix of pop, folk, indie rock, and electronic music, Lovers formed in 2002 as a solo vehicle for prolific East Coast singer/songwriter Carolyn Berk.

Simultaneously introspective and quirky, the band released its 2002 debut long-player, Star Lit Sunken Ship, through the Orange Twin label. Gutter and the Garden arrived in 2004, followed in 2007 by the well-received Sleep with Heat, and in 2009 by the spare I Am the West. Released in 2010, Dark Light saw the band gel into a proper trio, adding sound artist Kerby Ferris and percussionist Emily Kingan as permanent members. It was also the band's first release for Badman Records, which would also go on to issue 2013's Friend in the World. ~ James Christopher Monger

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