[ambient, indie-pop, indie-rock] (2024) Loma - How Will I Live Without a Body? [FLAC] [DarkAngie]
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  • Date uploaded
    : 08 Jul ,2024

    Loma – How Will I Live Without a Body? (2024)        

The title of Loma’s third album immediately demarcates the emotional terrain the trio are exploring, situating the music within a liminal space. The mystery of mortality is summed up in a single question: How Will I Live Without A Body? It’s unsurprising to learn that Loma vocalist Emily Cross works as a death doula, and that this music stemmed from the frustrations and existential crises of the COVID pandemic. Yes, this is a heavy album, but luxuriously so. It’s music that stares death in the face and instead of running, hunkers down and gets comfortable. This gesture of directly confronting the inevitable is writ large in the title and ragged demeanor of opening cut, “Please, Come In.” While Loma’s last album, Don’t Shy Away, dabbled in synthy art-pop, How Will I Live…? immediately keeps things more closely aligned with the aesthetics of the band’s stunning self-titled debut. Given one of their members, Dan Duszynski, is a seasoned producer, it’s no surprise that this album sounds amazing, with a rich low-end filled out with bass guitar and piano, peppered with rhythmic details and Jonathan Meiburg’s quicksilver electric guitar playing. And then there’s Cross’s voice, which is always gorgeous but feels especially at home among these simultaneously mournful yet graceful songs. Essentially, Loma are tapping into their inherent tendencies toward the immense, glorious, slowcore sound of a band like Low. After “Please, Come In” has blown off the dust, “Arrhythmia” is a much more lithe, sinuous creature. It simmers over with shaker and whining feedback, while the propulsive rhythm section keeps everything on the rails, Cross singing sweetly of a mind in freefall: “Can I trust how I feel every day? Is the world what I think it to be?” “Unbraiding” packs a scalp-scything wallop of fuzz guitar into its seductive scene of nocturnal reverie, before the weighty trudge of “I Swallowed A Stone” throws its curveball of an image right up front: “I drowned my darlings and I stepped to the road.’ (Way to start a song with a vivid noir vibe…) Single “How It Starts” feels like the emotional heart of the record, Cross’s voice ascending free of the gravity of the song’s piano-and-drum-driven backing. On an emotionally intense album, Loma wisely sequence a brief instrumental interlude, “Dark Trio,” at the midway point, and “Pink Sky” lightens Side B with its comparatively breezy tune, reminiscent of “Ghost Town” by The Specials. “Broken Doorbell” is the album’s home-stretch epic, running to nearly eight minutes. The brooding piano, insistent kick drum and multiple vocal tracks set up an eerie scene, before the full kit enters with a wonderful sense of catharsis. (Loma know how to build and release tension without it becoming predictable quiet-loud tedium.) The song’s refrain, “So come on in!” comes across like the album’s apex, an elevated view affording a feeling of acceptance. But Loma save a moment of quiet revelation for last. With the sound of the ocean washing against a stony Cornish beach, and little more than a nylon-string guitar, Cross’s voice, and a sad distant violin, the hopeful folk-tinged refrain of “Turnaround” suggests we’re not just moving from one state into the next, but rather becoming the next link in the chain of eternal return. — dusted


Track List:
01. Please, Come In
02. Arrhythmia
03. Unbraiding
04. I Swallowed a Stone
05. How It Starts
06. Dark Trio
07. A Steady Mind
08. Pink Sky
09. Broken Doorbell
10. Affinity
11. Turnaround

Media Report:
Genre: ambient, indie-pop, indie-rock
Origin: Dripping Springs, Texas, USA
Format: FLAC
Format/Info: Free Lossless Audio Codec
Bit rate mode: Variable
Channel(s): 2 channels
Sampling rate: 44.1 KHz
Bit depth: 16 bits
Compression mode: Lossless
Writing library: libFLAC 1.2.1 (UTC 2007-09-17)

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(2024) Loma - How Will I Live Without a Body [FLAC]