“Heavenly harmonies” – The Seattle Times
“Impressive dreamy soundscapes…and [majestic] songwriting” – KEXP 90.3 FM
“Sonically and melodically brilliant” – Seattle Music Insider
Lemolo is the creative brainchild of Seattle based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Meagan Grandall. Since forming in 2009 and serving as her own record label, Grandall has independently released three full-length Lemolo records, The Kaleidoscope, Red Right Return, and Swansea, and is a featured vocalist on the new Pearl Jam album, Gigaton. Lemolo has been a staple of the Seattle music scene, with all three records being included in KEXP’s “Top Listener Voted Albums” of the year lists. Lemolo was also voted “Best Seattle Band” by City Arts Magazine and named one of Google Play’s “Best Unsigned Artists of the Year.” With support from a talented host of musicians, Grandall has had the pleasure of touring nationwide and performing with acts such as The Head and the Heart and Sharon Van Etten.
The newest Lemolo record, Swansea, is an ethereal experience bolstered by beautiful sounds and hauntingly powerful vocals. Underpinning this soundscape are poignant, insightful lyrics about various moments of loss. Exploring the theme of solitude, Lemolo’s Swansea is a vivid exploration of a turbulent emotional landscape that resonates as a foundational part of the human experience. Swansea was just named one of the “Top Ten Albums of 2019” by KEXP DJs John Richards and Morgan Chosnyk.
Swansea was written at Grandall’s home in the namesake Lemolo neighborhood of Poulsbo, WA, where she grew up surrounded by evergreen trees and Puget Sound waterways. Grandall defines her “Swansea” as “the vast place we find ourselves in when we lose someone. We are alone for the first time in what feels like forever, almost as if we are out to sea in our own solitude. But it is not necessarily a sad place. It is where we find strength in remembering how to stand on our own two feet.” The album dives courageously into this complex, turbulent expanse, its melodic crests and troughs reflecting upon Grandall’s relationship to this conceptual “Swansea”.
When it came time to track the record, Grandall turned to Seattle’s Nathan Yaccino (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Noah Gundersen) for production and engineering at his studio, The Ballard Baitshop; once an old sailmaking loft. Working in close collaboration, Grandall performed vocals, electric guitar, piano, synth, and bass and turned to Yaccino for drums, percussion, and additional guitar, bass, cello, and vibraphone. The record also features appearances by Alex Guy (Led to Sea) on string arrangements, violin, and viola, Maria Scherer Wilson on cello, and Jon Karschney (Seattle Symphony) on French horn. The record was mixed in house by Yaccino and mastered by Ed Brooks of Resonant Mastering.
Sweeping and transcendent, Swansea sees Lemolo leading us on a dreamy excursion, our direction illuminated by her guidance. Ultimately, we learn that while “Swansea” is not a forever place, the lessons learned there last indefinitely. Swansea is out now, and you can listen to and order the record here. Subscribe to the Lemolo email list here for the latest updates about new singles, videos, and shows.
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