The Loom - a band from Brooklyn that has been called a "Next Big Thing" by The New York Times, "Best of What's Next" by Paste Magazine, and a "World Cafe Next" band by WXPN - released their second album "Here in the Deadlights" on April 22nd via Crossbill Records.
However, "Here in the Deadlights" is not the record they set out to make upon returning from touring their debut in mid-2012 (they made that album too, but more on that later). Instead, Deadlights both reflects and was made in the midst of the extremely difficult time that unfolded for band leader John Fanning upon their return: a life-upending split from his longtime partner and best friend of fourteen years, the nearly lost mind and period of psychic and existential searching that followed, and the heavy lifting of rebuilding it all out of that void.
These circumstances, combined with the band's collective and long-percolating obsessions with repetition, groove, atmosphere, and dissonance, honed across several hundred shows throughout the US and Canada and as far away as Poland, informed the shape of the new record.
Deadlights was recorded with producer Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate) at Marcata Recording in upstate New York, and finds them digging more and more heavily into these inspirations, stacking organs on top of organs and undergirding endless tangles of words with noisy guitars, set against horns (both by band member Lis Rubard and Phantom Family Halo's David Lackner) run through delay pedals, all while maintaining the spirit and craft that led Daytrotter to write that The Loom "makes us believe that they're the fathers and mothers of our cold and jagged memories, those that may or may not even be our memories for they feel so distant."
In other words, while the album marks a definitive end to a time in the life of a band and of its members, it also decidedly marks a new beginning: the sound of pushing through the darkness and coming out the other side, fundamentally changed and newly invigorated. "Here in the Deadlights" is the first of two new albums the band has completed with McMahon, and was accompanied by spring tour dates.
The Loom is John Fanning (guitar, vocals), Lis Rubard (horn, trumpet, keys, organ, vocals), John Mosloskie (bass, vocals), and Mike Rasimas (drums).