Having toured together back in 2016, Loma is the result of the unusual music chemistry between indie-rock band Shearwater and post-rock band Cross Record.
While Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg is known for more of an expressive, whirling vocal style, accompanied by heavy synth and chord progressions, Cross Record’s Emily Cross is known for using her whispering/hushed vocals to glide over minimal melodies and fellow Cross Record’s bandmate, Dan Duszynski’s, eerie instrumentals–however, when the musicians’ strengths and styles are combined, what occurs is a vulnerable, emotionally-packed dream-pop ride.
The band just released their self-titled debut album through Sub Pop in February and it’s a compilation of dreamlike, reflective tunes that feel both extremely intimate and universal–the track “Dark Oscillations” combines futuristic-like instrumentals with an almost anxiety-driven, yet hopeful, vocal style, while “Relay Runner” uses notably more “upbeat” rhythms, almost deceiving you from the song’s heavy lyric content. You can watch the video for “Dark Oscillations” below.
Loma are about to embark on their first ever North American and European tour, of course making a stop in their adopted-home of Austin. You can catch them at the following venues and dates for April and May:
Apr 13 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Apr 14 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Apr 17- Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Apr 19 – Taos, NM – Taos Mesa Brewing
Apr 21 – Austin, TX – North Door
Apr 26 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Apr 27 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
Apr 28 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room
May 01 – Charlottesville, NC – The Southern
May 02 – Washington, DC – DC9
May 04 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
May 05 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
May 06 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
May 07 – Portland, ME – The Apohadion Theater
May 08 – Montreal, QC – L’Esco
May 09 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
May 10 – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
May 11 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Samantha Lopez: small town Oregon to Austin, Texas. Music journalist and Creative Writer. Feeling things a little too much since 1994.