Music: Foot Foot + PALMS + Lloyd & Michaelby open on 06/8/2008
We couldn’t say it any better than this, so we’re not gonna try! Ergo …
Foot Foot are like a tiny folk orchestra – building totally beautiful and layered arrangements via slide guitar, found objects, et al. Their songs possess an oddly classic feeling and nerve tingling shimmer, and they are undeniably one of the most exciting young bands from the City of Angels.” – Portland Mercury
Yeah, see, LA is damn lucky city. Even with her clogged freeways, palpable haze and far-flung venues, she can somehow lure some of the brightest artists in the nation to her sunny shores. Case in point, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs who recently left the Bay Area and long-time project The Finches for us. Well, us and her new solo project PALMS.
In a recent Ameboa interview, Riggs explained her new sound: “I’m still writing the songs, but playing electric guitar now. Also, I’m recording the songs myself, so there’s more time to mess about. I’m thinking of adding oboe to a few of the new ones.” (We’re not sure if one person could play both the electric guitar and the oboe for a live performance, but here’s hoping!)
But it’s not just PALMS that was lured by the LA … not long after founding the melodic Dear Nora together in 1999, Kate Davidson and M. Ritchie embarked on “decade of solitary wandering” to explore and expand their personal musical proclivities. But then the two independently arrived on Long Beach’s doorstep (aka LA) to fuse together their into the ear goodness that is Lloyd & Michael.
But don’t just take our word for it. Take Chris Walla‘s:
“I always loved Dear Nora. Pretty much without reservation, in fact. But the L&M record is committed and accomplished and badass in a way that Dear Nora rarely was. It’s also floaty and psychedelic and insane in a way Ritchey didn’t quite get to with The Badger King or Manta. It sounds a little bit like a Yes record, complete with birds and mountains, and with some unstoppable pop songs: If ‘When the Morning Comes’ doesn’t melt you then you’re planet Mercury and all hope is lost.” – Chris Walla, 10/14/07