Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jake Lingan - Labor of Love

It's raining doom here in Baltimore right now, and I can't think of a better time to introduce a piece of work from a local native and Chicago transplant, Jake Lingan.

"Birthers" is the opening track on Labor of Love, over eight minutes of ambient soundscapes and effortless drone. "Birthers" feels like the calm before the storm, eventually giving way to pitch black clouds and harsh objects falling from the heavens. These objects are forewarned by calls from unknown beasts, and then take the form of severe noise that crackles static similar to raindrops.

The album was recorded in a high rise apartment in the loop of Chicago from January 2010 to March 2010, facing the monolithic Willis Tower. Lingan explains that the "building inspired me to make the music. I love how dominating that building is, and at night how the two white radio towers are lit, giving it a somewhat satanic look."

There are many influences at play when jumping into these recordings, but the sounds of Jason Urick are certainly the first to come to mind. This release comes in the form of cassette tape, and is available for order via Friends Records right here. The digital album will be available next week as well.

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