Ruby Red by The Love Language on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Stuart McLamb is one of those interesting songwriters who records under the pretense of being part of a band—in his case, The Love Language. However, he isn’t afraid to hire as many musicians as he needs to help a song reach its completion. The North Carolina–based indie rocker continues to blow the sound further out of proportion with the third Love Language album, Ruby Red. The intimate jangles of his earlier work are set aside for the full-on stadium reverb and epic attack of tunes like “Calm Down,” “Pilot Light," and “Golden Age.” By jamming together many instruments in one small place—with pianos locked down at the bottom of the mix—The Love Language sounds like a band put together by Phil Spector to create a wall of sound that's neither too retro nor too modern. In just a little more than two minutes, “Kids” pushes through like a tornado, throwing everything around it into confusion. “Hi Life” strips things back just enough to hear an earnest vocalist hoping to make contact with his audience.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stuart McLamb is one of those interesting songwriters who records under the pretense of being part of a band—in his case, The Love Language. However, he isn’t afraid to hire as many musicians as he needs to help a song reach its completion. The North Carolina–based indie rocker continues to blow the sound further out of proportion with the third Love Language album, Ruby Red. The intimate jangles of his earlier work are set aside for the full-on stadium reverb and epic attack of tunes like “Calm Down,” “Pilot Light," and “Golden Age.” By jamming together many instruments in one small place—with pianos locked down at the bottom of the mix—The Love Language sounds like a band put together by Phil Spector to create a wall of sound that's neither too retro nor too modern. In just a little more than two minutes, “Kids” pushes through like a tornado, throwing everything around it into confusion. “Hi Life” strips things back just enough to hear an earnest vocalist hoping to make contact with his audience.

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About The Love Language

North Carolina-based lo-fi indie rock outfit Love Language were formed in Raleigh by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Stuart McLamb after a series of false starts, hard times, and general malcontent that found the newly reformed artist ready to embrace a healthier, less destructive lifestyle. Recorded, written, and produced in a storage space by McLamb alone on an old four-track, Love Language's heady blend of Guided by Voices-infused indie pop and nightmarish, Phil Spector-meets-Animal Collective-style production caught the ear of Merge artists the Rosebuds, who asked McLamb to join them on tour as the opening act. McLamb quickly threw together a band, which included drummer Thomas Simpson, organist Kate Thompson, bassist Joshua Pope, keyboardist/vocalist Missy Thangs, guitarist/vocalist Junis Beefmonth, and guitarist/percussionist/vocalist Jordan McLamb, and the band hit the road in support of its eponymous debut, which was released in early 2009. Soon after touring ended, the group disbanded and McLamb went back to Raleigh to begin working on another album. With the help of producer/engineer BJ Burton, McLamb moved from the lo-fi D.I.Y. approach of the debut to a more orchestrated and produced sound. Libraries was released in July of 2010 on new label Merge. Around that time McLamb formed another edition of the band featuring Burton on guitar, holdover Missy Thangs on keys, and newcomers Justin Rodermond and Jordan McLamb on bass and drums, respectively. ~ James Christopher Monger

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