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Lemolo

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Folk

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Jan
11
Lemolo @ Ray's Golden Lion Restaurant

Richland, Washington, USA

Richland, Washington, USA

Jan
09
Lemolo @ Jones Radiator

Spokane, Washington, USA

Spokane, Washington, USA

Jan
07
Lemolo @ Biltmore Cabaret

Vancouver, BC, CAN

Vancouver, BC, CAN

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Let's assume for a minute that you live in Seattle, catch more than the average number of shows, spend time at the Comet but also the Tractor. You enjoy rock, folk, and indie pop, and you enjoy 206 hip-hop in the same way that you like your steak to be happy before it's on your plate. Chances are you're going to like Lemolo, a low-fi, electro-folk duo that is sure to seduce fans of Seattle-style indie/rock/folk, most especially those who listed Beach House's Teen Dream among their favorite records of the year. Mercifully, Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox put their own spin on these genres, with haunting results.

The ladies currently have available an EP (April's Lounge Light) and a single (November's The Singles Record), and their next project--they haven't decided if it's going to be an EP or a full-length--has recently been added to the list of things we're looking forward to in 2011. What we've heard thus far are some of the most promising expansions on the pretty sounds that have dominated the local zeitgeist. And we're ready to be wowed by what comes next.

At the moment, Grandall and Cox are working on a video for "Open Air"--a track off The Singles Record--with Seattle photog James Bailey, and their next show is a headlining set at the High Dive on Feb. 24.

Listen early, folks, and listen often. - Seattle Weekly


Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox's breathy, downtempo folk project Lemolo is pretty and sleek -- sort of how the way a nice silk dress feels between your fingertips...Piano, percussion and guitar serve as mere backdrop to Grandall's moody, sumptuous lead vocals. For the most part, this is quiet-time music, but when Grandall surprises you and belts it out, the ambient, Beach-House sound gives way to a titillating pop sensibility that's hardly fit for naptime. - Seattle Weekly


I have been asking myself this for months now. And as I've been looking for an answer that makes sense to me, I've also been trying to explain it to other people--in neither attempt have I been fully successful. While I'd love to sit here and analyze the music these girls make (which should be relatively easy, mind you), I find that I have a lot of questions.

But let's start with the facts.

A) Lemolo is Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox (respectively known as the "Band Queen" and the "Energy Specialist"). B) They are from Poulsbo/Gig Harbor, or thereabouts. C) They are in their early 20's--very early 20's, I am assuming. D) They play keyboards, guitar, and drums--typically playing either guitar OR keyboard, depending on the song. E) They write tremendous songs. F) They gig like crazy, burning up stages all over the Seattle area since this past summer. G) They are as sweet as the sugar on your Cornflakes, in every sense of the word (I can hear you arguing that saying someone is "sweet" is an opinion, but I have empirical evidence on this--it is a verifiable fact. Trust me.)

It all seems relatively simple, up to this point--I'll grant you that. But then the picture gets hazy.

How do girls this young have such a command of songcraft? They employ such delicate subtlety, especially in their slower arrangements--adding layer upon layer and change upon change until a melody that originally had an alluring negative space is full, each measure is bursting at the seams. Or, put another way, the songs are made with a patience that people this age have no business possessing--each work is fully-formed, mature in its own right. A great example of this is the aptly-titled "Old Fashioned Lover", which begins as a somewhat whimsical lament about the loss of summertime friendships, then slowly, and exquisitely, over the course of eight minutes somehow fast-forwards the listener into an autumnal plea for genuine companionship. It's breathtaking.

Who are their influences? The basic dynamic of the instrumental make-up sounds, on paper, as though it should reflect clear influences (several duos have had similar DNA, not least of all Mates of State and Beach House). While there is a bit of it, albeit fleetingly (along with noticeable nods to such heavyweight female vocalists as Hope Sandoval and Chan Marshall in the singing), this band sounds too original to be merely the sum of its elements. The sheer individuality behind this band's vision is utterly remarkable, turning simple notes into stunning melodic turns through timing and vocal interplay. How do they do it?

I speculate on these things, but when I think I have answers, I hear something I hadn't heard before (their songs are like that...), and it knocks my conclusions right back into the murk of uncertainty. Luckily, I am OK with having a little mystery in my life--after all, who wants to see a magic trick after they know how it's done?

But I know this much:

1. Lemolo is one of the most consistently interesting bands in the Seattle scene right now, if for no other reason than they sound like nothing else in it.
2. The new songs I've heard take everything I've said above and capitalize on each strength exponentially, which shows that this band is nowhere near slowing down creatively--and that makes them one of the most exciting bands in the scene as well.
3. You will love them, if you don't already. Check them out online (www.myspace.com/lemolomusic and/or www.lemolomusic.blogspot.com), or see them live sometime soon at a venue near you--namely Tyrannosaurus Records on Friday, 9/10 @ 6pm for a FREE, ALL-AGES in-store performance.

Does that answer your question?

Nich Sullivan of Tyrannosaurus Records - Tyrannosaurus Records


Lately, I’ve found myself measuring my affection (and occasional addiction) to bands via how long I keep their bandcamp/facebook/chosen dissemination site open in my plethora of tabs. Double the points (for added difficulty and inherent distaste) if its a myspace page that keeps my attention.
By this measure, there’s few local artists I’m enjoying more than Lemolo, whose myspace player and YouTube videos have been pretty much on repeat in a never closed tab for nearly a week. When the rest of the blogosphere couldn’t get enough of Sufjan’s Bandcamp, I couldn’t bare to break myself away from Lemolo’s loveliness. A little sister to the sparse but potent blues of Cat Power’s Moon Pix and local songstress Kaylee Cole’s melodic melancholy, Lemolo’s songs leave the listener aching.
And in my case, Lemolo has left my aching for more. Lucky for me, the band is in the midst of preparing a CD single due out mid-September and they have a number of upcoming local dates. Check them out September 9th at the Tractor Tavern with Drew Victor and Lizzie Huffman or September 25th at the Q Cafe with Pablo Trucker and Conservative Dad. If you’re going to give Lemolo a first listen before catching them live, I recommend watching the video below before heading over to their myspace and queuing up “Buttons,” “Old Fashioned Lover” and “Renegade.” Okay, so basically all of them. But be forewarned, you might not close that Myspace page for a few days.

-Abbey Simmons of Sound On The Sound - Sound On The Sound


If you are looking for something beautifully mellow to do this afternoon, you should definitely get down to the Comet and check out Lemolo. This local act will be gracing the stage with their thoughtfully arranged and gracefully performed songs about love and longing. Their music is full simple arrangements and subtle harmonies that channel Neko Case and the Cowboy Junkies...They have only been around for a little over a year, but they have already released a fantastic EP, and played stages like Neumos. Get on down there and check them out!
- Seattle Show Gal


Thursday's showcase of lovely local indie pop-rock bands consisted of: Lemolo, The Mopes, Conservative Dad and, of course, Colonies. Every band that night blew me away and, if you're looking to support your local music scene (which I assume you are), you should definitely take a few minutes out of your day and give a listen to all of these bands. Let your ears be happy, they deserve it. - Three Imaginary Girls


Thursday's showcase of lovely local indie pop-rock bands consisted of: Lemolo, The Mopes, Conservative Dad and, of course, Colonies. Every band that night blew me away and, if you're looking to support your local music scene (which I assume you are), you should definitely take a few minutes out of your day and give a listen to all of these bands. Let your ears be happy, they deserve it. - Three Imaginary Girls


Discography

- THE KALEIDOSCOPE // 2012 Self Released
- THE SINGLES RECORD // 2010 Self Released (Featured on KEXP 90.3 FM)
- LOUNGE LIGHT EP // 2010 Self Released

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Bio

Named one of the “Best New Seattle Bands” by Seattle Magazine, Lemolo is a dream-pop duo comprised of Poulsbo natives Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox. The girls became instant friends as kayaking instructors on the waters off of Lemolo Shore Drive, where they learned of their shared love for music and adventure. It didn’t take long for them to begin performing together and making their mark in the Seattle music community, creating what Seattle Weekly calls the “most promising expansions on the pretty sounds that have dominated the local zeitgeist.” The energy these two produce live is a “force to be reckoned with,” according to Three Imaginary Girls, and Sound on the Sound adds that Lemolo leaves the listener “aching for more.” Along with receiving generous reviews for their album and live shows, the duo has opened for Sharon Van Etten, toured with The Head and the Heart, performed at Capitol Hill Block Party, City Arts, Music Fest NW, Bumbershoot and the Dave Matthews Band Caravan Festivals, performed on KEXP 90.3 FM and sold out their album release show in only eleven hours. Lemolo released their debut full length album, The Kaleidoscope, on July third, and they look forward to what lies ahead.

“Heavenly, haunting pop duo Lemolo is riding a wave. The duo spent much of 2012 making figurative splashes with its fast-selling, self-released debut, The Kaleidoscope, which has lingered on local bestseller charts since its release in early July. Lemolo’s sound swims the murky waters between mellifluous, beguiling pop and darker, unsettling tones and themes. On stage, when the girls’ eyes aren’t locked in intense dialogue with each other, they’re often closed, seemingly lost in an embrace with internal muses.”
- Hannah Levin of KEXP

“Best New Seattle Bands of 2011: Seattle has been smitten with the ladies of Lemolo since first meeting them last spring. This year, we fell head over heels after the pair recorded a KEXP In-Studio live performance, and dazzled summer crowds at Doe Bay Music Fest and Bumbershoot. The songs are sweetly simple, yet profoundly moving.”
- Eran Afner of Seattle Magazine

"Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox's breathy, downtempo folk project Lemolo is pretty and sleek -- sort of how the way a nice silk dress feels between your fingertips."
-Sara Brickner of the Seattle Weekly

"'Sad-sexy' pop seems to be their wheelhouse...A little sister to the sparse but potent blues of Cat Power’s Moon Pix...Their bubbly and energetic stage demeanor stands in stark contrast to the pensive romance the duo’s music so effectively portrays...Lemolo’s songs leave the listener aching. And in my case, Lemolo has left my aching for more.”
-Abbey Simmons of Sound On The Sound