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Longacre

Bayside, Wisconsin, United States

Bayside, Wisconsin, United States
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""A transcendent between""

Every once in a while an album comes along that gets under your skin, with a sound and atmosphere you just can't shake. Longacre's eponymous album definitely fits this bill, a set that weaves a spell from its opening notes. Longacre falls into a transcendent between, like the feeling from a barely remembered dream, whose images are forgotten, but whose mood still lingers long after one's awaken. "Bad News" shimmers and shivers with that feeling, rustling in the darkness with its sense of foreboding, and tossing ominous shadows on the wall. Musically it brilliantly interweaves western Americana and progressive rock, while the equally inspired "Open" enfolds militant roots reggae into '70s rock with progressive overtones. Both songs are far removed from the dream-pop that swirls around the yearning "Someone, Something" and the insistent "Blue to Bone", the latter barbecuing up a western flavored Soup Dragons. Guitarist Michael De Boer superb steel guitar and fabulous finger-picking glosses much of the set with a Western tinge or an Americana tint. The former is best showcased on the haunting instrumental "D-Lude" and the more dramatic "4:59" which is beautifully counter-pointed by Claire Chin's eloquent piano. "Perpetual Motion" and the sweeping "Riptide" showcase his country skills. That number is built on Damian Strigens's insistent percussion, "Target Market" on his rolling drums, and abetted by bassist Ken Hanson, his mesmerizing rhythms are the core of the band's sound. Chin's keyboards help build the wonderful atmospheres, but it's her evocative lyrics and exquisite delivery that weave the band's magic.

As shimmering as the music, sweet and smooth, soulful or tempered, winsome or forceful as the mood demands, Chin shines across this set. The music, meanwhile, beautifully compliments the nuance of her lyrics, her themes revolving around inbetween times and places, longings for love and escape, of contentment found and lost. Her words and emotions resonate, enhanced by the music's sweep, and the wonderful warmth of the album's sound. A gorgeous set that just won't let go.
- allmusic.com


""A balance between roiling and restraint""

Milwaukee quartet Longacre makes adult Americana that is perfect for coffee bars. Acoustic guitar, lap steel and keyboards maintain a balance between roiling and restraint. Singer Claire Chin’s sometimes-enigmatic, philosophical lyrics fit with a meticulous tautness over aural lulls and eruptions, like Sarah McLachlan or Natalie Merchant with a warmly approachable archness. With a dash of reggae here and a pinch of psychedelia there, Longacre has crafted a latte soundtrack that also appeals to those who listen with more focus. Either way, it’s professional and alluring.
- Shepherd Express


Discography

Drawing from a collective of talented local musicians, the self-titled debut cd was recorded at Butch Vig’s legendary Smart Studios in Madison, WI. Working the knobs and playing an important part in the production of the album was wunderkind, Beau Sorenson.

Transfixed Summer was recorded at both Smart Studios in Madison, WI and Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, WI.

The cds were mastered by Trevor Saddler of Mastermind Productions in Milwaukee, WI.

The band is grateful for the work of renowned photographers Larry Schwarm (Longacre cover photo), Jim Herrington (Longacre band portrait) and Dennis Darmek (Transfixed Summer cover photo).

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Formed in 2006 in Milwaukee, WI, Longacre creates a musical blend, shadows and flickers of rock, world and pop influences. With lyrics built upon introspective angles, stories, and in-between places, their songs pull you in, provoking and compelling.

"The musical equivalent of the tremors on the reflective surface of a lake at dusk." - Jon Gilbertson, Journal Sentinel

"...a set that weaves a spell from its opening notes. Longacre falls into a transcendent between, like the feeling from a barely remembered dream...evocative lyrics...exquisite delivery." -Jo-Anne Greene, allmusic.com