(photo by james bailey)
We are delighted to announce that we have officially added our dear friends, Lemolo, to our small but incredible roster of talent. Lemolo will also be the first band on the roster of our newest booking agent, Melodie Knight, who joined our ranks as an intern last October and has quickly grown into a vital member of our booking family.
I first saw Lemolo back in October of 2010 as they took part in the Collective: Best of the New Series. To put it simply, there is not an aspect of their music that I have not fallen in love with. Lyrically, their songs play out less like narratives, but more like tone poems inked by an eastern philosopher. In terms of orchestration, they display a keen understanding that having only two members does not make your sound smaller, it only makes the smaller number of moving parts you’re using seem bigger.
As performers, Kendra Cox, approaches a drum kit less like a percussionist with formal training, but more like a tonal musician finding creative ways to reinvent the instrument (there’s much in her playing that reminds me of two of my favorite drummers and close friends, Jeremiah Hayden, and Ben Boyden). Meagan Grandhall’s voice is a study of resonance and vocal efficiency. When one creates the other, the end product makes for not only an outstanding voice, but one that makes singing seem effortless.
All analysis aside, what they create is beautiful. Their musical abilities are matched by their kindness, professionalism, and the same sense of togetherness that we like to champion as an agency. They couldn’t be a more perfect fit. – Kevin Sur
(sketch and poster by patrick toney)
February 25, 2011 VIA Abbey Simmons from Sound on the Sound Music Blog
“Late last night a crowded High Dive got a glimpse of Lemolo (and local photographer James Bailey’s) debut video for their breathy heart-beat of a single “Open Air.” Much like Lemolo’s songs, Bailey’s video sets a mood rather than telling a story, and based on the instantaneous roar of the crowd when the video finished and when the band took the stage, Seattle is definitely in the mood.
As Lemolo played their set to a crowd who had come there for them, who stood in line to buy posters featuring elegant profiles of the band and who then stood in another line to get the ladies to sign their just-purchased posters (at 1am, on a school night), I found myself with an unshakable case of deja vu. Not even a year ago I saw a similarly crowded High Dive have the same ebullient response to the Head and the Heart. And while its hard to imagine any local band following anything close to the HATH’s sky-rocketing trajectory, if its going to happen to anyone in 2011, my money is on Lemolo.”