Lorelle Meets The Obsolete Chambers on LP
Chambers is the newest offering from Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, the dynamic duo from Ensenada, Mexico consisting of Lorelle (real name Lorena Quintanilla) and The Obsolete (real name Alberto González). Featuring some serious psyched-haze, shuffle and boogie, the album is called Chambers because, while they recorded it, they felt like they were in various enclosed places far from home and everything else.
“Most of the songs came out of jams, while the tunes on the first two albums were structured either by Lorena or me,” explains Gonzalez. “It’s really a straightforward record. To me it doesn’t sound as hazy as the first two and, as it’s the first time we worked with someone else behind the board, it’s Cooper Crain's interpretation of Lorelle Meets the Obsolete. Then Sonic Boom cranked the volume up!”
He’s right. The result is a surprising direct record which, despite locking into a pulsating krautrock groove on “Whats Holding You?” or getting lost in a fog of white noise on “Music for Dozens,” always retains a very human heart and soul. There is diversity too - from the slide guitar and driving bass on the out of control rave up that is “Sealed Scene” to the narco-blues of “Dead Leaves” and the folky, melancholy “Greiving.”
The big influences that came into play while making Chambers were Austin psych-rockers Holy Wave’s Knife Hits’ album and the Ty Segall and White Fence collaboration Hair, which more than explains the garage-rock sensibility that pervades here. Also mentioned in their impeccable list of influences are Nico, Syd Barrett, Broadcast’s The Noise Made By People, Albert Camus’ existentialist tour de force The Myth Of Sisyphus, Julio Cortázar’s short stories and Michael Azerrad’s snapshots from the US underground scene of the 1980s, Our Band Could be Your Life.
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete are originally from Guadalajara but, after a stint in Mexico City, are now based in Ensenada, Baja California. After playing together in a few bands they began recording their psych-infused garage rock as a duo and also settled on their unusual moniker, which was half inspired by the recurring fictional film in Seinfeld called Rochelle, Rochelle and half by an episode of The Twilight Zone called The Obsolete Man. Chambers is the duo's third long-player following up 2013’s critically acclaimed LP Corruptible Faces and 2011’s debut On Welfare.
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete Chambers Track Listing:
1. What's Holding You?
2. The Myth of the Wise
3. Dead Leaves
4. I Can't Feel The Outside
5. Music for Dozens
7. Sealed Scene
8. Third Wave
9. 13 Flowers
10. Thoughts About Night Noon