12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a rotating group of musicians where even the core members involve themselves in numerous side projects, Bishop Allen take their time getting to their own albums. The 2014 album Lights Out is the long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s Grrr…. In the interim, they’ve uprooted from the overloaded Brooklyn indie scene to the steadily emerging indie burg of Kingston, N.Y., a Hudson River town that’s engaged artists and musicians alike. Justin Rice holds together this ensemble with delicate harmonies providing a richness among the guitars, synths, and active rhythm section. Songs such as “Give It Back,” “Good Talk,” and “Crows” impress with their mix of somber and celebratory. The deliberate contrast makes the material a formidable accomplishment. Rice’s wife, Darbie Nowatka, brings her restrained delivery to “Black Hole,” a gentle tune that resembles Buddy Holly’s "Everyday” in its simple, melodic joy. Among the rotating members hiding in plain view are the psych-folk group Trummors, whose two members (Dave Lerner and Anne Cunningham) also provide background vocals and instrumentation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a rotating group of musicians where even the core members involve themselves in numerous side projects, Bishop Allen take their time getting to their own albums. The 2014 album Lights Out is the long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s Grrr…. In the interim, they’ve uprooted from the overloaded Brooklyn indie scene to the steadily emerging indie burg of Kingston, N.Y., a Hudson River town that’s engaged artists and musicians alike. Justin Rice holds together this ensemble with delicate harmonies providing a richness among the guitars, synths, and active rhythm section. Songs such as “Give It Back,” “Good Talk,” and “Crows” impress with their mix of somber and celebratory. The deliberate contrast makes the material a formidable accomplishment. Rice’s wife, Darbie Nowatka, brings her restrained delivery to “Black Hole,” a gentle tune that resembles Buddy Holly’s "Everyday” in its simple, melodic joy. Among the rotating members hiding in plain view are the psych-folk group Trummors, whose two members (Dave Lerner and Anne Cunningham) also provide background vocals and instrumentation.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings
13 Ratings
Isabel Parsley

like it

this should have a lot listeners. good music

ANDREW KENT

Awesome!

Best album yet! Every song is exceptionally strong...

RonnieRiot

Wowed

Being a Bishop Allen Fan this album was long over due. Clearly you can hear the band growing but still maintains it's roots. So far the preview songs are phenomenal! I can't wait till the rest are released... Very pleased fan

About Bishop Allen

Brooklyn by way of Boston indie rock quartet Bishop Allen formed in 2003 around core members Justin Rice and Christian Rudder. The group (the two longtime friends are joined by a rotating cast of musicians) takes its name from Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge, MA, the street where Rice and Rudder used to reside. Bishop Allen released the largely self-recorded Charm School in 2003 and were quiet on the recordings front until 2006, when they released an EP each month. The records were sold on their website and people began to take notice of the band, especially when "History of Excuses," a song from the March EP, was played during an episode of Scrubs. In November of that year they signed to Dead Oceans, a part of the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar family of labels. Their next record, 2007's Broken String, reworked songs from the EPs and added some new songs, including "Middle Management," which the band performed in a scene in the 2008 film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. (The music/film connection is strong within the group and both members of the duo have had leading roles in seminal "mumblecore" films: Rice in 2002's Funny Ha Ha; Rudder in 2006's Mutual Appreciation.) Their next album, the stripped-down Grrr..., was released in early 2009. In 2011, Rice and wife Darbie Notwatka released a cover song side project album recording as the Last Names. Returning his attention back to Bishop Allen, Rice and company recorded their fourth LP Lights Out which appeared in the summer of 2014. ~ James Christopher Monger & Tim Sendra

ORIGIN
Brooklyn, NY
FORMED
2003

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