Portland all-female trio, Lovers, celebrate the release of their seventh album, A Friend in the World with a pair of hometown dates in Portland and then an East Coast tour. The songs on the new album fuse intimacy and empowerment into a modern atmosphere of honesty, new feminist humor, and rhythmic complexity. The result is at once arresting, tender and romantic. The new record is a rich engagement of acoustic and electronic extroversion and introspection- an uplifting ride into uncharted territories of the heart and mind. A Friend in the World is the follow-up to Lovers’ celebrated 2010 album Darklight and the second for the band as a trio. A Friend in the World is being released by Badman Recording Co. September 24. I’m hoping you’ll consider advancing their show with a feature, album review or advance blurb.
Lovers (celebrated lyricist Carolyn Berk, producer/performance artist Kerby Ferris, and producer/percussionist Emily Kingan) craft an intimate portrait of female friendship, sexuality, and evolution as an infinite process. The three first encountered in 2002 after Berk’s near-fatal van explosion while on tour with an earlier incarnation of the band. Emily Kingan, then on tour with classic Portland feminist hardcore band The Haggard, invited Berk to join the bill. Ferris was their roadie. Years later, Kingan organized a meeting for her two friends and future bandmates in South America, where Berk was traveling and Ferris was living and performing in various experimental electronic projects in São Paulo’s thriving music scene. The result was sisterly love at second sight, and prophetic premonitions of the creative collaborations to come. Past releases have gotten great press:
“Carolyn Berk’s Lovers has had many incarnations over the years, but something stuck when the project coalesced into a meaty, synth-driven three-piece: the intensity upped, understated love songs became huge dance-club anthems and the trio’s live show became a must-see.” – Willamette Week
“Carolyn Berk’s songs are full of breathless melancholy and a sinking, infinite sadness. In them you hear hints of the circus-fuineral magic-realist run-on folk song of Neutral Milk Hotel, the dreamy twilight grandeur of Mazzy Star, Bright Eyes’ last-gasp soliloquies, and the ghost-haunted majesty of Magnetic Fields’ loneliest highways. But I’ll be damned if Berk isn’t a more entrancing spell-caster than any of them.” – The Boston Phoenix
“There’s something very cosmically powerful about choosing love over and over and over again, recommitting to people and cooperating on creative endeavors. We wanted to make an album that reflected our commitments to supporting each other’s creative processes. There is something so pure and magical about true friendship and love, and we wanted to pour that into this album,” says Berk.
A Friend in the World was recorded at Portland, Oregon’s beloved Type Foundry with Badman label owner Dylan Magierek (Thao Nguyen & Portland Cello Project, Mark Kozelek, Starfucker) and Adam Selzer (She & Him, M.Ward), and mixed by Andy Lemaster (REM, Bright Eyes). The band also spent a good deal of time writing and recording at their home studio. Berk says of that experience, “Everyone involved was a total delight to work with. I’ve known Andy since I was 18- he produced some of my first two albums and has always been a hero of mine- so it was a dream come true to work with him again.”
LOVERS FALL TOUR:
Sat Sep 7, 2013 Bella Organic Farm on Sauvies Island, Portland OR
Sat Sep 21, 2013 Mississippi Studios in Portland OR, Record Release show w/ Night Cadet
Sun Sep 22, 2013 Chop Suey in Seattle WA w/ Night Cadet, S, and 18 Individual Eyes
Fr, Oct 18th Pittsburgh Brillobox/Sappho
Mon, Oct 21st Boston Middle East
Fri, Oct 25th Durham NC Pinhook
Sun, Oct 27th Brooklyn Glasslands