A Lull

A Lull’s Meat Mountain signifies new freshness, growth and maturity. The Chicago-based band is always changing, trying to evolve from what it was, into something exciting and new. During the recording of Meat Mountain, the quintet sought to achieve more by using less. While previous recordings often relied on creating “walls of sound,” Meat Mountain employs open space as an instrument as well. Most of the core instrumentation was written live, recording demos, rehashing and rebuilding. The band continued to diversify its sound by discovering synth tones that seemed to almost feel like throwback sounds, but new all the same. There was more experimentation with elements such as saxophone solos, flute riffs and even cymbals into the recordings for the first time. The resulting music therein is more sincere and more transparent in Meat Mountain than any of A Lull’s previous work.

After extensive touring throughout 2011 and early 2012 with bands such as Cold War Kids and Gauntlet Hair and the release of A Lull’s debut full length album, 2011’s Confetti, the band dedicated time in early 2012 to record five new songs. The EP was written, recorded, produced & mixed by the band.

Recorded in the unseasonably mild winter months of Chicago in 2012, the songs feel warm, rambunctious and full of warmth and summer. The songs feel tighter, while organic poly-rhythms lend clarity and life to the music. Lyrically, Nigel Evan Dennis sings of simpler things. A woman wearing a summer dress, crooning, the dichotomy between fascination with and the distance from the super models that we idolize. He sings of fighting and friends. Meanwhile, a some other songs tread into darker territory with ruminations on the thought of what it would be like to be kidnapped and the terrifying notion of serial killers and creative inadequacy. Lyrically, the songs of Meat Mountain create pictures of scenes, fears, obsessions, love and longing.

The album artwork was created by scanning a chuck-eye cut of steak. The steak was then cooked to medium doneness and eaten. The artwork for the EP is an attempt at being every bit as iconic as unique. Utilizing illustrations by Bill Connors, the art matches the overall feeling and aesthetic of the EP, somethings that are hopeful, somethings that we are all scared of and something things that are a part of everyday life. Released on single-sided LP, the package was meant to be seen in this scale.

“Meat Mountain” is available June 26, 2012 via Lujo Records.

Meat Mountain – EP

Vinyl LP / Digital

Released 6.26.12

Confetti

Vinyl LP (CD Mush Records)

Released 4.12.11

iTunes / Lujo Store / Mush Store

Weapons For War EP

Digital EP (Mush Records)

Released 3.1.11

iTunes /Mush  Store

   

Ice Cream Bones EP

CD / Digital

Released 5.9.09

iTunes / Lujo Store

   

Weapons For War from the forthcoming album “Confetti” (lujo091) / Download

Skinny Fingers from “Ice Cream Bones” (lujo075) / Download

Meat Mountain Out Today

The much-anticipated EP from Chicago darlings, A Lull, is out today. Finally. Provocatively titled, Meat Mountain, the music follows suit and is nothing short of seductive. The raw meat pictured on the cover art is alarming – and be alarmed. This is A Lull at their very best: experimental, sexy, driving. Anything but boring. All you need this summer is a road trip, a cold drink, and this EP in your ears.

A Lull “Meat Mountain” (lujo093)

A Lull’s Meat Mountain signifies new freshness, growth and maturity. The Chicago-based band is always changing, trying to evolve from what it was, into something exciting and new. During the recording of Meat Mountain, the quintet sought to achieve more by using less. While previous recordings often relied on creating “walls of sound,” Meat Mountain employs open space as an instrument as well. Most of the core instrumentation was written live, recording demos, rehashing and rebuilding. The band continued to diversify its sound by discovering synth tones that seemed to almost feel like throwback sounds, but new all the same. There was more experimentation with elements such as saxophone solos, flute riffs and even cymbals into the recordings for the first time. The resulting music therein is more sincere and more transparent in Meat Mountain than any of A Lull’s previous work.

After extensive touring throughout 2011 and early 2012 with bands such as Cold War Kids and Gauntlet Hair and the release of A Lull’s debut full length album, 2011′s Confetti, the band dedicated time in early 2012 to record five new songs. The EP was written, recorded, produced & mixed by the band.

Recorded in the unseasonably mild winter months of Chicago in 2012, the songs feel warm, rambunctious and full of warmth and summer. The songs feel tighter, while organic poly-rhythms lend clarity and life to the music. Lyrically, Nigel Evan Dennis sings of simpler things. A woman wearing a summer dress, crooning, the dichotomy between fascination with and the distance from the super models that we idolize. He sings of fighting and friends. Meanwhile, a some other songs tread into darker territory with ruminations on the thought of what it would be like to be kidnapped and the terrifying notion of serial killers and creative inadequacy. Lyrically, the songs of Meat Mountain create pictures of scenes, fears, obsessions, love and longing.

The album artwork was created by scanning a chuck-eye cut of steak. The steak was then cooked to medium doneness and eaten. The artwork for the EP is an attempt at being every bit as iconic as unique. Utilizing illustrations by Bill Connors, the art matches the overall feeling and aesthetic of the EP, somethings that are hopeful, somethings that we are all scared of and something things that are a part of everyday life. Released on single-sided LP, the package was meant to be seen in this scale.

“Meat Mountain” is available June 26, 2012 via Lujo Records.

New Pomegranates LP

Some of you may recall that our last sampler featured a track from a “TBA” forthcoming 7″ from Pomegranates”.  Over the last few months the idea for the 7″ morphed into a 10-song LP called In Your Face Thieves/Chestnut Attic. It is available digitally (itunes, amazon, etc ) and as a 12″ vinyl LP (lujo store) starting TODAY!

Most of you are well familiar with Pomegranates’ story by now. They are the four-piece from Cincinnati that began as a project between two friends, Jacob Merritt and Isaac Karns, eventually growing to include Joey Cook and, (over the years) a variety of fourth members.  We (Lujo) began working with them in 2007, releasing their debut EP Two Eyes, which was followed by two well-received full-length albums: 2008’s Everything Is Alive, and 2009’s Everybody Come Outside. Last year saw the release of their amazing third full-length, One of Us, with Afternoon Records.  Over the last 4 years they’ve toured with the French Kicks, Islands, Wye Oak, Spoon, Aloha, Blitzen Trapper and more.  They’ve garnered support and good words from the likes of KEXP, Woxy, Daytrotter, Spin, My Old Kentucky Blog, Filter and many others.

On this LP the listener will find two complete and fully realized EPs corresponding to each side of the 12” and featuring all new and exclusive songs.  Both EPs were recorded with Pomegranates’ friend, 20 year old Caleb Groh, whose vocals appear on a pair of tracks here, while touring in support of One Of Us (2010).  This release boasts some of the most intimate and personal songs of the band’s already prolific career (3 albums and 3 EPs in four years), and takes a unique and important place in their catalog.  Recorded on their own in a home studio, these songs are Pomegranates in their most lo-fi and stripped down form.  Songs are guitar-driven, classical in structure, timeless.

Side A features the EP “In Your Face Thieves” with the following tracks:

Softness
Catatonic Crow
Yeah
Jesus
Western Skies

Side B features the EP “Chestnut Attic” (a remixed and re-mastered version of the EP which previously was briefly available on their website for download) with the following tracks:

Track One, In Which Pomegranates Has A Very Good Dream
Morocco Girl
Cleveland Street Blues
Same Skies
Take A Little Time

“BEST BID AT THE BIG TIME: POMEGRANATES” – Spin

“The group’s grasp on the finer points of cooking up melodies and honeycombs far surpasses their years… They are songs that will challenge you, make you swoon and also make peer out longingly to the twinkling stars up above on a clear-lit night.” – Daytrotter

“A youthful, open-eared quartet enlivened with a kick-ass record collection, ceiling-less imagination, ragged guitars, and songwriting chops for days.” – Spin

It’s just about summer, so it goes without saying that you’ll be pulling out Pomegranates‘ sublimely beautiful Everybody, Come Outside! (Right? Right!). At least that’s what we’ll be doing — that album, an MOKB favorite in 2009, was shimmering, summery dream-pop at its finest, all inflatable grooves, thick, sweet melodies and juicy guitar. – My Old Kentucky Blog

“Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait,” Emerson once wrote. This scintillating band, at the wee age of four years old, has already achieved both. The third, decidedly un-trendy album by these four Cincinnati rockers is an exercise in fluidity and finds them swimming through a warm sea of contemplative heartache. Like Christopher Nolan, POMEGRANATES performs with a masterful ease, smoothly maneuvering from oversize spectacle to small-scale minimalism. It’ll reel you in with authority—and you’ll beg, “Please don’t let me go.” – Filter

Pomegranates & Caleb Groh “In Your Face Thieves/Chestnut Attic” (lujo092)

On this LP the listener will find two complete and fully realized EPs corresponding to each side of the 12” and featuring all new and exclusive songs.  Both EPs were recorded with Pomegranates’ friend, 20 year old Caleb Groh, whose vocals appear on a pair of tracks here, while touring in support of One Of Us (2010).  This release boasts some of the most intimate and personal songs of the band’s already prolific career (3 albums and 3 EPs in four years), and takes a unique and important place in their catalog.  Recorded on their own in a home studio, these songs are Pomegranates in their most lo-fi and stripped down form.  Songs are guitar-driven (with the use of this acoustic guitar amp guide), classical in structure, timeless.

Side A features the EP “In Your Face Thieves” with the following tracks:

Softness
Catatonic Crow
Yeah
Jesus
Western Skies

Side B features the EP “Chestnut Attic” (a remixed and re-mastered version of the EP which previously was briefly available on their website for download) with the following tracks:

Track One, In Which Pomegranates Has A Very Good Dream
Morocco Girl
Cleveland Street Blues
Same Skies
Take A Little Time