Lonesome Leash, Tara Jane O'Neil, Musical Tracing Ensemble

Lonesome Leash record release show

Lonesome Leash

Tara Jane O'Neil

Musical Tracing Ensemble

DJ Julianna Barwick

Sun · October 21, 2018

8:00 pm

$0.00

This event is 21 and over

Lonesome Leash
Lonesome Leash
Lonesome Leash is the solo project of Walt McClements, an accordionist and multi-instrumentalist known for his previous work in Dark Dark Dark [and Hurray for the Riff Raff]. Using a sparse palette of accordion, drums and voice, McClements crafts stark yet complex songs, nervous and triumphant hymns to the restless. Despite being anchored by the often anachronistic accordion, the music ends up having less to do with contemporary purveyors of old world idioms, and more to do with an alternate history—one where angular accordion lines take prominence over the guitar in a nervy and strangely cinematic post-punk tradition.



Precious Futures is the follow up to 2013's debut I am no captain, and is Lonesome Leash's first release on fellow Dark Dark Dark member Nona Marie Invie's Mind Rider Records. Where previous Lonesome Leash recordings explored layers of lush feedback and textural accordion tones, Precious Futures strips the songs to their sinew, offering an approximation of the project's "one-man-band" live approach: terse drums syncopated with accordion and distinctive, roiling vocals. This is McClements at his most exposed, and what these songs lack in embellishment, they gain in impact.



"Sometimes bridges burn themselves/no flint, no fuel, no careless match/you just feel the flames and you don't turn back" is the album's opening line, and it's a fitting introduction to a song cycle that primarily deals with motion. Most of the album was written in a two-year period of nearly continuous tour, a time of travel which served as the transition between McClements leaving his longtime home New Orleans and settling in Los Angeles. Precious Futures is comprised of fragmented stories, but they are fragments of one narrative, where momentum, love, and lust serve as stand-ins for the feeling of home. It is a record that chronicles movement and the thrill of the affair, but also explores the drives beneath those things, all with a wry wit that is so characteristic of McClements’ storytelling. The end result is at once romantic, neurotic, and ultimately gratifying."
Tara Jane O'Neil
Tara Jane O'Neil
Musical Tracing Ensemble
Musical Tracing Ensemble
The process of a live Musical Tracing performance is:

An ensemble of musicians is gathered in a performance space. Each musician has their own instrument, means of amplification (if needed), and pair of headphones. All musicians’ headphones are plugged into one outputting sound source (usually an iPod with many headphone splitters). Music is played from the sound source and the musicians are instructed to play something, anything that they hear in their headphones as accurately as they can on their own instrument. The musicians never know what songs or sounds they will be hearing in advance. The audience only hears what the musicians are playing and none of the original sound source, thus creating a “tracing” of the sound source material.
Venue Information:
Zebulon
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
http://zebulon.la/