Lewsberg - In This House
VERRRRRRRY Velvety chuggery! Mixed with Television's 2nd album... very dry, very Dutch, very great!
One of the year's best... licensed by 12XU so you know it's something! RECOMMENDED!
'In This House’, the second album by Rotterdam-based Lewsberg and their first US release will be issued on LP by 12XU on June 12.
The quartet’s latest offering seeps into your consciousness in a different way to their debut, though their tendency towards existentialism and black humor is present throughout. Harsher in sound, but more humane in spirit, 'In This House' refuses to let the listener settle for a single moment.
The metallic, atonal guitar strum on opening song “Left Turn” leaves no room for discussion. This is Lewsberg at work; the unnerving sound of a revving car, handbrake on, suddenly coming to an abrupt and silent halt. Is the title a warning, as if we’re going down Robert Frost’s “road less traveled,” or is it just a description of this lonesome character’s unexpected behaviour in this particular song?
‘In This House’ is full of surprises. The teasing guitar break on “From Never to Once”. The two instrumentals “Trained Eye” and “Interlude”. The emotionally affecting ballad, “The Door”. And there’s the pairing of the last two tracks: the fatalistic “Jacob’s Ladder” and the wild, evocative “Standard Procedures” —- as if each piece works independently from the other, gazing back occasionally on what came before and, in turn, adding a different flavour to what comes next.
“Cold Light of Day” and “Tbrough the Garden” are textbook Lewsberg ; provocative and enchanting in their minimalism. While“At Lunch” is seemingly innocent and carefree at the start, it's ultimately conjuring a looming sense of doubt by its conclusion.
“In this house we make mistakes
In this house we never give up”
These lines from closing song “Standard Procedures” could be the adage of the band. Not like some sort of pep talk or an expression of a winner’s mentality, but as an homage to the beauty and comfort you can find in perseverance.
Lewsberg would like to draw your attention to the following:
1. Some people are nicer than they think. Some people don’t dare to show how nice they are.
2. More pixels means less imagination.
3. Next time the mice will catch the owl.
4. In Rotterdam they don’t use concrete anymore.
5. Sometimes you only find out how fragile a thing is, when you touch it for the first time.
6. Not every good deed is part of a plan.
7. There’s comfort in continuous toil.
8. In this house we make mistakes. In this house we never give up. The door is always open.
Lewsberg are Arie van Vliet (guitar, vocals), Michiel Klein (guitar), Shalita Dietrich (bass, vocals), and Dico Kruijsse (drums)
Music by Michiel Klein.
Music for "At Lunch" and "The Door" by Arie van Vliet & Michiel Klein.
Recorded & mixed at Sahara Sound Studio.
Produced by Henk Koorn & Michiel Klein.
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk. Lacquers for US edition cut by Adam Smith, Audiomatic.
"In This House' never gets comfortable. Even its prettiest intervals fee uneasy and provisional, as if they’re just setting you up for more splintery anxiety." - Dusted
"a record that exists of its own volition... Lewsberg are going to saw at the raw nerves valley that exists between punk, pop, and poetry all the same." - Raven Sings The Blues