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Julian Lage - Modern Lore Vinyl LP - direct audio

Julian Lage - Modern Lore Vinyl LP

Mack Avenue Records

  • $ 2298

Julian Lage Modern Lore Vinyl LP

Modern Lore finds Julian Lage playfully flipping the script he followed on his acclaimed 2016 Mack Avenue debut, Arclight. That album – produced, like Modern Lore, by Lage's friend and collaborator, the singer-songwriter Jesse Harris – was his first trio set on electric guitar and found Lage inspired by the sounds and the attitude of the freewheeling, pre-bebop jazz era, when, as he puts it, "country music and jazz and swing were in this weird wild-west period." This time he incorporates the sensibility, if not the outright sound, of early rock and roll, a similarly hybrid form driven by rhythm, personality and a passion for the electric guitar.

Opening with the exuberant "The Ramble," Lage's set of all-original new material is largely up-tempo, though on tracks like "Atlantic Limited" and "Splendor Riot" the trio adopts a hypnotic, lyrical stride. And, on "Revelry" and "Pantheon," it grows more pensive. Throughout, the beat is concise and steady. Lage's solos are action-packed musical monologues, stuffed with brilliant melodies and off-the-cuff inspiration. The penultimate track, "Earth Science," is an outright scorcher.

As one of the most prodigious guitarists of his generation, Julian Lage has long displayed an ability to explore a wide range of sounds, ideas and genres. But what delights him here – and will, in turn, captivate his listeners – is the artful simplicity of Modern Lore.

Julian Lage Modern Lore Track Listing:

1. The Ramble
2. Atlantic Limited
3. General Thunder
4. Roger The Dodger
5. Wordsmith
6. Splendor Riot
7. Revelry
8. Look Book
9. Whatever You Say, Henry
10. Earth Science
11. Pantheon

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