New Music : Weinland – La Lamentor

March 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The emotional ebb and flow that complicates life’s relationships has always been a powerful catalyst for artistic expression. The best works seem both deep, introspective and personal while invoking a connection with the listener the reflects their own feelings. Time tested classics like Bob Dylan‘s Blood On The Tracks and Neil Young‘s Comes A Time, to newer works like Ryan AdamsHeartbreaker and Julie Doiron‘s Woke Myself Up all being prime examples.

Well now you can add Weinland‘s La Mentor to that list, a powerful chronicle of the pain, loneliness, and longing of life’s complex relationships. The intricate sound of album is built up from the stark, powerful, acoustic guitar and vocals of John Adam Weiland Shearer and tastefully augmented by the band which includes Aaron “Rantz” Pomerantz (dobro, mandolin, bells, pedal steel, accordion, lap steel, etc), Rory Brown (bass), Ian Lyles (drums, banjo) and Paul Christensen (piano, keyboards). There are also guest performances by by Adam Selzer (M.Ward, Norfolk and Western), Rachel Blumberg (M.Ward, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Norfolk and Western), and Nathan Delffs (The Shaky Hands) among others.

As lyrically powerful as it is musical, from the haunting despair captured in the opening lines “God here I come. Heaven above. Give me a gun. God here I come” to the final resolve of the single line of the closing song In This The End , “I’ll help you pack up your books and clothes and forward the letters of friends who don’t know” the albums 11 songs are a brilliant narrative on the tug of war that ensues in disintegrating love relationships. One of the best releases of 2008 so far.

MP3: Weinland – Sick As A Gun
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