After a string of head-turning, critically acclaimed releases on Hush Records, Portland's Loch Lomond has brought their unique brand of raw symphonic chamber pop to Tender Loving Empire. Loch Lomond has slated their much anticipated second full length 'Little Me Will Start A Storm' for release on Tuesday, February 22nd 2011 on CD, Vinyl and Digital.
The album was mixed by Adam Selzer (who has recorded all of M Ward's records), Tucker Martine (Laura Veirs, The Decemberists), Kevin Robinson (of Viva Voce), and Jeff Stuart Saltzman. The stunning track "Elephants & Little Girls," the first single, is available to listen to right now!
In addition to employing notable visceral and expert melodic acrobatics, the co-ed sextet of Loch Lomond distinctly incorporates the use of vibraphone, piano, guitars, mellotron, clarinet, flute, drums, bass, and other sonic treatments to foil the even more distinct and arresting voice of lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Ritchie Young. He's able to switch from high-pitched fragility to alto thunder in the turn of a phrase, yet he knows the power of restraint intuitively, saving vocal tornadoes for emotional apexes buoyed by string swells and moving arrangements.
Pan Pan is the solo project of Bellingham Multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jerns. Drawing from influences the likes of Avishai Cohen, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, and Ron Miles, among others, Jerns formulates calculated piano and trumpet driven progressive classical and jazz pop songs. The music of Pan Pan has been compared to the likes of Beirut and Yann Tiersen. In a recent article for What’s Up! Magazine, editor Brent Cole wrote, “Pan Pan goes far beyond the standard fare of college rock, stretching the boundaries of local music.”
At only 22 years old Sarah Jerns is already a known and established artist in the local music scene. She is best known for her work with Indie Pop band The Love Lights, with whom she played trumpet and keyboards until early 2009 when she left the band to focus on Pan Pan. Over the past three years she has also played trumpet for Yogoman Burning Band, Thieves of Kailua (side project of U.S.E. frontman Jason Holstrom) and The Presidents Of The United States Of America. Jerns was featured on the PUSA’s 2008 album “These Are The Good Times, People.” Live performances with them that year included sold out shows at Western Washington University and The Paramount in Seattle and a Main Stage performance at the 2008 Sasquatch Music Festival. As of recent, Pan Pan can be seen making guest appearances with Bellingham’s very own Rooftops and the winning band of the 2010 EMP Sound Off! Music competition, Great Waves.