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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.

Customer Reviews

Ruby Red

A big sound with a big heart. Flavors of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, with a tiny dash of Roxy Music stirred up by Phil Spector and served in an everything bagel-bowl with exotic garnishes of organic melodies….despite the layers, it's not over-produced but enriched with a tapestry of complex color spectrums.

Go see this band

I live in Chapel Hill NC and have had the pleasure of seeing this band about 6 times now. From when they started by playing local dives to Cats Cradle to the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh Stu continues to churn out great music. I recently met him when they decided to play at my buddies wedding out on a farm. As the band gets bigger (from a member standpoint & acclaim) he continues to stay produce the sound that keeps us all coming back for more. If you get a chance to experience The LL live. Do so ASAP.

Calm Down

Heard this song on another site and had to buy it immediately. The vibe is very reminiscent of late 80's indie dance rock meshed with that 90's alt-rock sound. Can't wait to hear the rest of the album!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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