THE LOST BROTHERS
ALBUM: ‘THE PASSING OF THE NIGHT’ OUT SEPT 21st
Irish duo The Lost Brothers release their Brendan Benson produced third studio album on Lojinx in the UK & Europe. Label: Lojinx // Cat: LJX048CD
Since forming in Liverpool in 2007, The Lost Brothers have brewed up a steady catalog of well-crafted, melodic songs that hark back to a time when life was simpler. The duo both grew up surrounded by music and continue to take their life-long knowledge of song-craft, and their native Irish roots, and infuse a spirit of whatever music they happen be absorbing at the time. The result is nothing less then a sound totally their own.
Although The Lost Brothers, Oisín Leech and Mark McCausland, are a duo, they consider each record they make to be a collaboration. Their 2008 debut album, ‘Trails Of The Lonely’, was recorded in Portland with M Ward producer Mike Coykendall and is a folk tinged woodland treasure. It’s an album _lled with intricate harmonies and gorgeous melodies while also having an eerie undercurrent of darkness and heartache. NME called it ”otherworldy…8/10”
Their second album, 2011’s ‘So Long John Fante’ was recorded in She_eld with Richard Hawley’s band completing the studio ensemble. It recalls a golden era of rock’n’roll, with luscious strings and pedal steel employed in a beautiful landscape topped by the brothers’ dreamlike harmony singing.
On their new album ‘The Passing Of The Night’ the brothers have further honed their quest of song with the help of Brendan Benson and his gang of merry men. “We’ve toured a fair bit with him, so he ended up helping us make the next LP,” says Leech.
In 2011, the band caught the ear of Benson, who invited them to open for him on some Irish shows. Talk soon turned to recording and a plan was hatched for Benson to record a song or two for the brothers in his Nashville studio. With the wealth of material pouring forth, and the rate in which Benson was laying them down, they quickly realised that what started o_ as a bit of fun was now turning into an album to behold.
“It was a fantastic experience,” says Leech. “His approach to recording songs emphasizes hard work. It’s old school, you create the correct atmosphere and then you go to put everything you have into the process. We did it in what was an old record plant outside Nashville. It was an extremely inspiring environment.” Recorded in just 5 days, ‘The Passing Of The Night’ is the sound of The Lost Brothers doing what they do best – making music that all but demands you stop in your tracks and listen.
Blue Moon In September is a dreamy waltz with a David Lynch nightmare in the middle, while Bird In A Cage sounds like a New Orleans street band falling from a bar. Not Now Warden tells of a prisoner’s crushing defeat as he realises his love no longer waits for him. Widow Maker invites you to the morning of a hanging, while Far Side is a letter to an old friend & lover. Hey Miss Fanny, the only song on the record not written by The Lost Brothers, is a Roy Orbison track and was, in fact, suggested to the band by The Orbison estate.
These are songs of desperation, songs of hope, of losing hope, songs to dance to and songs to die to.
Let The Lost Brothers take you on a journey through The Passing Of The Night and when dawn comes you’ll feel battered, bruised, defeated, rejected, lost… but all the better for it.
1. Not Now Warden
2. Bird in a Cage
3. Send Me O_ To Sleep
4. Far Side
5. Now That The Night Has Come
6. Widow Maker
7. Tumbling Line
8. Blinding Glow
9. Blue Moon in September
10. Hey Miss Fannie
11. Until the Morning
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