MP3 Lo Fine - Not For Us Two
intimate, yet lushly arranged indie-rock, with pedal steel to pull on the heart strings, and a dose of heartache to put a foot on the gas pedal.
10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Americana, ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Lo Fine has been winning over audiences from Boston to Seattle to Europe and back. With his penetrating lyrics and achingly hushed songs, Kevin O''Rourke lands his vocals on just this side of melancholy. Lo Fine creates expansive, beautifully literate songs that slip under one''s skin with a welcome ease. Less is decidedly more, and the emotive resonance of the music speaks volumes.
“Lo Fine is a band dedicated to the difficult task of performing delicate rock-based music, committed to the notion that there''s a place for popular music that values the sublime and restrained over the raw and showy. It''s an approach that puts Lo Fine in league not only with the Scud Mountain Boys but with such acts as Lambchop, Vic Chesnutt, and Boston''s own Willard Grant Conspiracy.” – The Boston Globe
Kevin O’Rourke began Lo Fine in 1999, recording the songs he had been performing solo in and around the Amherst and Northampton, Massachusetts area. The self-released Lo Fine EP, a collection of home recordings with a few live songs, came out in late ’99. At that point, Mark Schwaber, of the band Hospital, approached Kevin about starting a band based around his songs, beginning the life of Lo Fine the band. After a few shows as a duo, with Mark on second guitar and switching to drums for a few songs, Thane Thomsen, frontman for the Figments, joined as a bass player, making Lo Fine a trio. The band’s first full-length, Nine was recorded in March/April of 2000 by Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers, Lilys, Devendra Banhart, Beachwood Sparks), and released in late 2001 on the now defunct Natural Disaster Label. The LP was rounded out by contributions from Brian Marchese, drummer of The Figments, and Bruce Tull (formerly of the Scud Mountain Boys). By the summer of 2000, Bruce joined the group full time and Brian had also started playing drums regularly as well. A follow-up EP Slow to a Crawl came out in fall 2002 on Pigeon Records, and in March of 2007 West Main Development put out an EP of unreleased songs from 2001-2006, called Migraine Errata.
“Kevin O''Rourke -- who in essence is Lo Fine -- is a whisperer in a world of screamers. His work beckons you in slowly and quietly, and doesn''t demand anything from you other than your close attention. The last time I talked to him his truck had died and he was sleeping on a friend''s couch in Northampton, which says a lot about Kevin: owning things isn''t important to him, and his dedication to his craft is wholehearted and genuine. Kevin does have some collaborators, including Bruce Tull, formerly of the seminal Scud Mountain Boys, and the band brings a fitting gracefulness to the proceedings, but it might be appropriate to picture Kevin playing these songs by himself, in a darkened house after everyone else has gone to sleep.” – Matt Byars of the Caribbean and West Main Development
The new LP, Not for Us Two, is the most fully realized Lo Fine record to date. A full band record, with Mark, Thane, Brian and Bruce as the constant players throughout Not for Us Two captures a group of musicians making music together, working off of a special chemistry recognized and respected by every member of the group.
In Kevin’s words, “We never lost sight of the fact that what we were creating felt very special, and a little bit above us.”
Previous praise for Lo Fine:
“Recorded with a collection of local musicians in his Northeastern home, there is a gray fog that shrouds all of Nine. O''Rourke''s voice is the center of attention, grieving yet accepting in its melancholy…Lo Fine may make no allusions to spirits in the woods or spirits in a bottle, but this uniquely residential take on introspective alternative blues hits home a lot closer than the melodrama of many of its contemporaries. – Joshua Glazer, All Music Guide”
"Lo Fine''s delicate, meandering songs sound like nighttime - they begin with a whisper, swell softly and then fade, each like a hazy dream.” – Justin Glanville, Hybrid Magazine
"Lo Fine is essentially the work of Kevin O''Rourke -- though, being Joe Pernice fanatics, our eyes lit up to see that ex-Scud Mountain Boy Bruce Tull has a hand in shaping this gentle alt-country shuffle with his unmistakable pedal steel work…Dig that brush work! And Kevin''s easy mourning vox." – Stereogum
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