2009 was a banner year for Portland's Loch Lomond, punctuated with triumph, tumult, and above all, artistic growth. Night Bats, the band's first physical release since the much-loved Paper The Walls full-length and the follow up to their digital-only Trumpets for Paper Children EP, captures Loch Lomond at a unique and singularly brilliant time in their evolution as an undeniably powerful creative unit.
Having toured extensively this year with The Decemberists and Blitzen Trapper (among others), Loch Lomond now emphasizes in its new recorded output a directness and sharp pop sensibility that was only hinted at previously.
Lead track "The Ghost of an Earthworm" is a shimmery, hooky gem devoid of much of the chamber instrumentation that peppers most of Loch Lomond's catalog (here, replaced with bright electric rhythms, making it perhaps the most straightforward song the band has ever recorded); they even cover the Bee Gees' "Holiday".
"Spine (MMIX)" is a dramatically different reading of one of singer Ritchie Young's most-loved songs, highlighting the band's musical muscularity.
"Ghost Of An Earthworm"
06.10.10 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
06.11.10 - Eugene, OR @ Cosmic Pizza
06.12.10 - Davis, CA @ Sophia's
06.13.10 - San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah
06.14.10 - Santa Cruz, CA @ the Crepe Place
06.15.10 - Santa Barbera, CA @ Muddy Waters
06.17.10 - Los Angeles, CA @ the Bootleg Theater