Who are Lionlimb? Well, they are Stewart Bronaugh (from the band of Angel Olsen) and Joshua Jaeger. The title of their second album Tape Recorder does not refer to recording techniques so much as a powerful childhood experience involving a friend in a coma, an experience that highlighted the power and purpose of songwriting and musical performance. Tape Recorder is out on the Bayonet label.
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Tape Recorder is one of that albums that insidiously creeps up on you without really announcing its presence. Each time it has been played in the office I've got up off my chair, walked over to the CD player to find out what was going down. This has happened 2-3 times. The main reason for my interest has been that it's second track has all the sophisticated pop moved of prime era Prefab Sprout. These chord changes are classic McAlloon and here are used with orchestration to give a chamber pop feel to proceedings. Singer Stewart Bronaugh has a voice that, if you put it through a voice recognition unit, would probably be revealed as that of Elliott Smith. It's that whispery.
In fact the whole album has a whispery delicate feel that if listened to intently can make you wonder where they are headed with it. But give the record time and space and it starts to reveal it's opaque colours. It's all baroque chord changes, fingerpicked nylon strung guitars and sweetly arranged strings. In fact it sounds a lot like Eric Matthews. There's your exact comparison.
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