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The Loom - 'Here in the Deadlights' (album stream) (premiere)

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Brooklyn indie rock band the Loom is releasing their second album on Friday, but you can hear it now on PopMatters.

As we mentioned back in March with the premiere of "Fire Makes", Brooklyn indie rock band the Loom is releasing the sophomore album, Here in the Deadlights, on April 22nd via Crossbill/Stereocilia. It was a long hard road getting to this point for the band as frontman John Fanning went through an emotional storm in his personal life that had him examining everything, including his music, as he rebuilt his life. While that process was painful and difficult, it afforded Fanning the opportunity of a rebirth, something he channeled into the Loom's new music. The Loom has always been interested in repetition and grooves, things that are the primary concern of electronic music and it's interesting how Fanning and the Loom are able to borrow dance music aesthetic elements and make them seem completely organic to indie rock. Here in the Deadlights is the first of two records that the band has ready to release as they have found so much creative inspiration drawing from the drama inherent in every day life.

John Fanning takes us through the creation of Here in the Deadlights: "Despite the extended period of time that it took to bring the two new records that we recorded with Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate) to fruition, Here in the Deadlights is actually a snapshot of a very specific and challenging time that unfolded in the aftermath of touring our first record in 2012. While the other album that will come out later was a much more intentional endeavor, Here in the Deadlights was somewhat of a spontaneous outpouring, with songs like “Ten Thousand Tiny Field Mice” both musically and lyrically feeling like a pretty literal reflection of a time when everything at least felt like it was falling apart, both internally and externally. While I’m incredibly glad that that time has passed, I’m also left feeling extremely proud of and excited by the music that came out of us during that stretch, and I also want to point out here that while the first half of Here in the Deadlights is undoubtedly the most chaotic music we’ve ever recorded, I think the latter half is actually fairly serene and quite beautiful at times; particularly the last song, which is also the title track of the record. And if I think about it I guess that arc -- pushing through chaos to get to something more peaceful and serene on the other side -- mirrors pretty closely what was happening at the time. So, while we’ve never been the type of band that thinks about records in that literal sense -- as documents of a certain experience or period -- I guess that’s accidentally what we did here, and I’m honestly as excited to share this one with people as the one that more closely mirrored our, er, best laid plans."

TOUR DATES

4/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool

4/23 - Beacon, NY - The Howland Cultural Center

4/24 - Albany, NY - The Low Beat

4/25 - Boston, MA - Out of the Blue Too Gallery

4/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie

4/27 - Washington, DC - Velvet Lounge

4/28 - Louisville, KY - TBD

4/29 - Indianapolis, IN - The Melody Inn

4/30 - Chicago, IL - Schubas (w/ Cross Record)

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