Bardo Pond and Yo La Tengo have long traveled in similar circles as underground lifers, but have never shared space on a non-compilation release. In 2015 Three Lobed Recordings was ecstatic to dedicate one of the albums of the Parallelogram collection to righting this cosmic wrong.
Bardo's "Screens For A Catch (Fur Bearing Eyes)" contains top shelf representations of all of the signature sonic elements that have long-since endeared this band to so many. In addition to the careful interplay of Gibbons brothers' guitars, Isobel Sollenberger's other-worldly vocal delivery, the unlike-anyone-else wall of sound, and the multi-phase, suite-like arrangement, this track sees new twists – such as Clint Takeda's vocal harmonies – come into play. The eternally chameleonic Yo La Tengo exerts a certain mastery with respect to long-form songs. "Electric Eye," the band's immersive and heavy contribution to this LP, is a worthy addition to this portion of their canon. Georgia Hubley lays down a feral and commanding groove that glues together equal parts raw guitar phrasing with low end swirls. So hypnotic, and such a treat.
The Parallelogram collection originated in the particular magic that comes from finding the "right" musical pairing. We've all experienced the perfect song at the perfect time and know how electrifying it can be. The set and setting that combine to make those jukebox choices, mix tapes, or playlists really work can be so hard to define, but easy to identify once they are out there in the wild. Part of the fun for Three Lobed Recordings has always been trying to divine the alchemy of pairings that work to our ears.
These efforts have time and time again taken the form of collections and collaborations, both as multi-volume releases (ranging from the trio of multi-disc series to the Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them box set) and single albums (such as the collaborative albums from Golden Gunn or the Hagerty-Toth Band to the Eight Trails, One Path compilation). Previously only sold as a full five LP collection, Three Lobed is releasing very limited quantities of these five LPs at this time in a standalone fashion.