Life Like #109
Released in an edition of 100 C-40 cassettes
3.Huron River Eclipse
5.Fire of 1908
6.Clermont Motor Hotel
7.Visiting Your Father
8.Teaching In Syracuse
10.The One That Keeps You Awake
Remote duo Land & Buildings first appeared in 2013, the result of long sessions of automatic song composition by Dominic Smith and Kendall Babl. Still in their infancy, the group landed somewhere between drifting folk songs and synth drone, with occasional lonely trumpet lines or spare percussion adding elements of late 90's Chicago post rock energy. Life Like offered up the "Hibiscus" tape, a heavily edited version of their sprawling improvisations that felt like a cautious but curious EP.
Several shows happened, and some years later the duo reconvened. Dom now living in New York and Kendall working on material with the somewhat spacier trio Utica, they took some time out to record at a friend's house on Michigan's Huron River, bringing friends in to play reeds and expanding on the distant beauty of their earlier recordings.
"Huron River Eclipse" is effectively Land & Buildings' slow-to-form debut album, similar in tone to lonely morning rain or the stillness of a roadside motel on the long drive through the desert to nowhere. Again the sounds blur between outsider folk songs and careful synth explorations, but there's more depth and dynamic movement than before. The songs were edited to flow in the arc of a solitary journey, moving through an always changing environment without demanding conclusions or closure to the feelings brought up by abandoned gas stations, childhood bedrooms or winding drives down the road that follows the river. Beautiful, sorrowful and understated.
Pro-duplicated purple cassettes with full-color covers.
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