Mother Brain #5 – Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
We’re thrilled to welcome Mexican duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete to Ramsgate Music Hall on September 24th! Their music has always travelled far beyond the categorisation of psychedelic rock, and the upcoming record Datura takes another stylistic shift.
Expect lots of the good stuff: psyche, shoegaze, punk, and a bit of industrial noise…
“This is powerful and viscerally exciting stuff. There’s a hypnosis around their music, a buzzy resonance that makes you long for the physical immersion of a live show” – Loud and Quiet
Mexican duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete make a very welcome return on June 16 with their sixth album, Datura. Recorded at their home studio in Ensenada, Baja California, it was mixed in Canada by Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes and mastered in Australia by Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Total Control, among many others.
It’s a short, sharp shock of a record with no unnecessary adornments and no fat on any of its eight songs. Gone are the psychedelic wig-outs found on previous releases, replaced with bass-heavy post-punk grooves inspired by the roots of The Congos, the no wave of Ike Yard, the industrial hip-hop of Dälek and the dark modular moves of Hiro Kone, all while harnessing the elemental power of Jon Hassell’s Vernal Equinox.
“One of the rules that we had when writing was to keep the songs minimal in terms of instrumentation,” explains guitarist Alberto González. “We didn’t want to do overdubs and endless layers this time around,” adds singer and guitarist Lorena Quintanilla. “We limited ourselves to the instrumentation of the new, four-piece line-up and we recorded almost everything live. The songs had to be very solid.”
It was nostalgia that inspired the change. The duo marked their tenth anniversary in 2021 by playing reworked songs from their back catalogue and sharing videos online. The new arrangements saw them swapping between synths and guitars, and this – as well as Lorena’s two acclaimed solo releases as J. Zunz – has informed the new set-up. As life returned to normal they played shows, firstly in Mexico and then, earlier this year, they finished what they started three years ago and toured the US with SUUNS.
Now, finally, they are set to flower once again with Datura, their most direct and dynamic album to date; proof that nature really is healing.
“Purveyors of a particular brand of psych steeped in dream pop, garage riffs, and general tripped out weirdness, they create a stunning ambience throughout their music which provides a remarkable displacement quality” – Echoes and Dust
“Lorelle And The Obsolete have crept steadily from creating a mild buzz to a full-on mind altering change of perception that lingers long after the return of perceived reality” – The Quietus