Led by Ritchie Young, Loch Lomond from the Pacific Northwest (Portland), has grown from a solo brianchild enjoying contributions from a vast array of friends to a full-time family of six committed bandmembers. Small in stature and grand in humility, Young quietly yet boldy concocts fascinating traipses through forest, wide open spaces, dark alleys and worlds of critters, subtly making a deep hook with his prodigious musical pieces.
Loch Lomond’s arrangements are spot-on, oft symphonic in feeling. Young comes across simultaneously dainty yet robust. Listening gives the feeling of being small in a vast yet highly organized world of endless freedom and exploration. The group moves smoothly in synchrony, each honoring the other, each contributing a necessary and enhancing part, while potent lyrical imagery swirls and hypnotizes amidst Young’s powerful refrains, all leaving a firm imprint of intent on every little masterpiece of a song.
In the delicate seranade, Night Bats, Young gently wields his vocal instrument with variety and deft effect as the background vocals meet, lift and complement the song perfectly, all the while steady bass roots the entire ephemeral composition.
Loch Lomond really is a joy to experience. Their songs elicit pleasure and engagement that ripen and expand with every listen. Each song possesses distinctive character while maintaining the fundamental goodness that is Loch Lomond’s endearing trademark. From their Night Bats album (Hush, 2009), Spine is fierce, Night Bats ethereal, Ghost Of An Earthworm oddly yet warmly espousing unity, Wax and Wire distant and glum. Blue Lead Fences, a single released in Jan of ’09, brings a throbbing romp in an open sunny field. And Holiday, also from Night Bats, is the phenomenal, soft-punch, unshakable cover in the bunch.
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