Spotlight | Loving - Self-Titled

Review Keiko Hart
Photo Dani Proteau

Loving is Victoria, B.C. based brothers Jesse and Lucas Henderson (Hutch) joined by David Parry (Jons). The raw acoustic, Canadiana timbre of Hutch binds with the neo-psych of Jons to form Loving’s idiosyncratic sound. Their debut, self-titled album, released this past June, is a canon of tender lullabies arranged in a pillow of folk harmonies that everybody needs in their bedroom. Their first run of tapes released with California's Haju quickly sold out, while a second set has been released with Georgia's Human Sounds.

Each track is a worn photograph in a dreamscape scrapbook, bandaged up with hand-cut decorations that slip off to peek out of the pages fittingly reflected by Dani Proteau’s album cover collage. Sweet Fruit warms us up with lilting affection, while Forgot Again is laced with nostalgia and longing, weaving us in and out of soothing synth work. The themes coalesce in The Not Real Lake, wrapping you in a warm blanket of layered, lo-fi guitar vibrato. It’s the mellow production of Good Morning sewn into the spacey falsetto of Homeshake with the psychedelic thread of Connan Mockasin’s instrumentals. The neatly pressed tones of this introspective album are but a fleeting 20 minutes, making it more of an EP than a full album. It leaves us to ponder the abstract uncertainty of “but what comes next?” in Where Everybody Goes.

The polished production of Parry is a seamless backdrop for the achingly sincere voices of the Henderson brothers, which are almost indiscernible from each other. Though understated and generally sparse, the lyrics create an easily accessible dialogue that calms and lingers, disguising the complexity of the song structures. The lush guitar progressions don’t follow predictable patterns, repeating an asymmetric value of chords and bars, but retaining expert cohesion modestly presented and increasingly impressive with each visit. The album is exemplary of contemporary music, combining the textures of both past and present with tape and digital alteration. One can’t help but listen intently to this intricately woven collection of memories.

We love Loving and we think you will too.