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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Chemikal Underground Records
  • ASIN: B005HI7N82
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Augmented by two additional tracks not present on the original US version (`Tic' and `Made of Ink'), `Little Me Will Start A Storm' is a beguilingly subtle piece of work, showcasing not only the writing talents of Ritchie Young, but the assured arrangements of a tremendously gifted group of musicians.

Loch Lomond's strength lies in their restraint, their ability to know when to do less rather than more, a skill perfectly highlighted with the close harmonies of `Egg Song' and the languidly shimmering instrumental `Water Bells'. It's also impossible to appraise this album without mentioning Ritchie Young's extraordinary voice: one minute a strident tenor (Blood Bank), the next a gossamer-light falsetto (Earth Has Moved Again), adding an extra dimension to an already ambitious piece of work. Loch Lomond eschew the grandiose and bombast associated with bands featuring several personnel and opt instead for a more refined approach, one that delivers an album of tempered string arrangements, sophisticated harmonies and a compelling flair for melody which, when taken as a whole, makes a gently insinuating case for greatness.

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If it wasn't the name, then the Chemikal Underground logo on the cover may have led you to believe that Loch Lomond hail from the far side of Hadrian's Wall. In fact, the nine-piece (who've had an EP and split 12-inch released by Edinburgh label Song, by Toad, too) are of Portland, Oregon. They've toured extensively with townsfolk Blitzen Trapper and The Decemberists - a pair of bands who they've been often compared to, but with whom the association is mostly superficial. Sure, they share Colin Meloy's love for folk instrumentation: this album is falling down with mandolin, banjo and fiddle, plucked and bowed. With Blitzen Trapper, they're united in stirring melodies, and, well, that's about it.

On Little Me Will Start A Storm, there's something much more subtle at play than either of the above have ever mustered. Peel away the knockout hooks, swelling strings and exhilarating harmonies and you'll find a potent brew of nostalgia, creepiness and sorrow. This record is a wolf in sheep's clothing, and is all the more interesting for it. Like a Michel Gondry movie, you're drawn in by the gorgeous aesthetics, only to be consumed by the shadowy core.

Throughout Little Me... there are moments that stop you dead in your tracks, simultaneously vivid and matter of fact, like an old photograph you've seen a thousand times before, but which nails you in the heartstrings on the thousand and first. Ritchie Young (the bandleader whose highest register apes Stuart Murdoch and lowest Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade) sings from the perspective of an eight-year-old child on album opener, `Blue Lead Fences', seemingly a scrapbook of his most fleeting childhood memories. Snippets of throwaway parental advice and bustling, boyish horseplay combine to form an indestructible account of pre-pubescent indestructibleness, all the richer for the triviality of the detail.

The simple, picked guitar of `I Love Me' dances over a chilling sample of a girl who hears a "loud, loud, buzzing in her ears", before Young chirps in with his admiration of the bedsheets - starched just right - in what's the most quietly obsessive set of lyrics you'll hear for a while. It's a trick repeated throughout the record: playful, ornate music, paired with words that make you wonder if you're hearing alright (is he really singing about chopping someone up on `Blood Bank'?). As well as honing in on the minutiae of their thoughts in such fine fashion, Loch Lomond do macro too. `Earth Has Moved Again', arguably the centrepiece (complete with an intro that's brilliantly Galaxie 500) contemplates a natural disaster, and how those affected deal with the fallout. What initially seems like a simple message of hope (the mantra "we can start again" makes it hard to suggest otherwise) becomes burgeoned by ethereal vocals, ghosting in from all sides, until it sounds like a choir singing posthumously about their own passing. It's intoxicating and it's beautiful.

Lots of albums pack an at-face-value emotional punch, and for obvious reasons (Antlers' Hospice being a great example). But it's less frequent that they come so stealthily loaded, the mood woven gently into pop songs. In that respect, Little Me... evokes The Rhumb Line by Ra Ra Riot, amongst others: the preservation of memory, the articulation of emotion synthesised sweetly, euphonically, gracefully... perfectly. [8/10] -- Drowned In Sound, October 18th, 2011

Loch Lomond are a six-piece musical collective hailing from Portland, a city reknowned for its brilliant musicians (The Thermals, The Dandy Warhols, Grouper...), so it should come as no surprise that their third album is as innovative as you would expect.

Originally recorded in 2008, the release of Little Me Will Start A Storm was delayed until now due to mixing issues - suffice it to say that having listened to the album, said issues have definitely been resolved - and a U.S. tour as the opening act for The Decemberists. Add to this that YouTube phenomenon Danny MacAskill used their music as backing for one of his videos (give it a Google) success was sure to follow, and now having now built a firm following, their album has been released at just the right moment, and does not fail to disappoint.

The tracks on Little Me Will Start A Storm are beautifully haunting; vocals have a choir feel to them, with the male and female group members' vocals merging together to create soaring music. ELephants and Little Girls has a childlike feel to it and echoes of Youth Lagoon or Grizzly Bear, while Egg Song is reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, the comparison that Loch Lomond are most likey to draw in the coming months.

This doesn't mean that the band are a carbon copy of said radio friendly unit shifters; far from it, their sound is unique and uplifting, with track Water Bells sounding like it has come from straight to us from the past and Blue Lead Fences providing an album opener that uplifts despite its hints of the melancholia that is to come in the following tracks.

Little Me Will Start A Storm is as refreshing an album as you could hope to hear and has been released to coincide with the leaves on the trees turning orange and brown and the days becoming shorter, a beautiful image which the music is sure to paint in your head. [9/10] -- Subba-Cultcha, October, 2011

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