Balance

Album Review of Balance by Lorelle Meets the Obsolete.

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Balance

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete

Balance by Lorelle Meets the Obsolete

Release Date: Sep 16, 2016
Record label: Sonic Cathedral
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Neo-Psychedelia

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Balance - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

After quickly bashing out their second album, Chambers, over a few days' time in a Chicago studio, Mexican duo Lorelle Meets the Obsolete decided to go for something more homegrown and organic for their next effort. Lorena Quintanilla and Alberto Gonzalez relocated to the Baja California Peninsula and slowly began working on a new album. Their previous albums were murky dispatches of lushly psychedelic, blown-out guitar heaviness that were sure to satisfy sonic travelers wondering what it would have sounded like if Loop, Broadcast, the Warlocks, and Spacemen 3 all got together for an epic jam session.

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musicOMH.com - 80
Based on rating 4
80

In an interview for their record label Sonic Cathedral, Mexican duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete describe how in preparation for their fourth album they gathered themselves, built up their emotional and physical strength, retreated to their own quiet corner of town, and let their creative imaginations run wild. Lorena Quintanilla and Alberto González wanted to explore new ways of working, experimenting with new sounds, textures and rhythms. That they have titled this offering Balance says a lot about their thoughts on the results, and that is confirmed in an album that proves to be their most adventurous offering yet.

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Delusions of Adequacy
Their review was positive

Forever upholding the congregational faith for the latterly vindicated and reinvigorated sounds of vintage shoegaze, krautrock and noise-rock during its existence to date, London’s Sonic Cathedral label has overcome plenty of ups and downs (notably a devastating distributor warehouse fire and pressing-plant congestion battles) to keep its leading benevolent proselytisers in touch with their devout followers. Having given us a curveballing remix collection from Spectres, an oddly prescient live-album reinterpretation of David Bowie’s Low from Disappears, a comeback long-player from Yeti Lane and a glow-in-the dark Kraftwerk tribute 12” EP, in a robust and eclectic release schedule for 2016 already, Sonic Cathedral now also delivers two sonically ambitious releases from Lorelle Meets The Obsolete and The Early Years. Following on from a profile-raising appearance on a Record Store Day-baiting split-reciprocal-covers 7” with Spectres in 2015, Guadalajara’s Lorelle Meets The Obsolete deliver a sequel to 2014’s Chambers, with recalibrating fourth LP Balance.

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