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Lonesome Leash - new record out on Cruisin Records

Today I’m warming my heart with a new song by Lonesome Leash: “Gallery Floor.” The song skillfully and subtly builds into a lovely crescendo that washes over me with it’s lush chorus of “there is love in everyone I have known” over top of the angelic chorus of “Hold me close.” It is from Lonesome Leash’s new album Delicate Art (set to release on November 2, 2018 on Cruisin’ Records). But, you don’t have to wait until next week to hear it. Three Imaginary Girls is excited to {exclusively!} share it with you today!

Lonesome Leash is Walt McClements, a multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, accordion, to name a few) sent our way from Los Angeles. Over the last decade Walt has built up an impressive resume as a musician on records/stages shared with Weyes Blood, Dark Dark Dark, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Walt / Lonesome Leash shared us this insight about the song:

[quote style=”boxed”]I wrote “Gallery Floor” based on two things; an unexpected, charming and short lived (by design) romance with a wonderful man, and reading this book, “Polyamorous Love Song” by Jacob Wren, which is a really lovely piece of experimental fiction. In it, the narrator says this: “most already existing love songs, mainstream or otherwise, were directed towards one person, the ultimate soulmate or new excitement, and maybe a polyamorous love song … might undermine some basic songwriting assumptions.”

I thought to take up the challenge proposed in the book, but in many ways feel I failed, as I found the structure of the love song in general warped the narrative tone into one of high drama, like the person you’re singing about is all that matters in the world of the song, and you’re nothing without them. Wren later writes “love songs are propaganda for monogamy,” and after my first attempt at a polyamorous love song I’d have to agree, but think trying to dismantle the structure is a worthwhile exercise.[/quote]

Dipping my toe into the new album, Lonesome Leash songs have a delicate freewheeling tilt that seamlessly weave accordion and keyboards. The sophisticated and quirky songs on Delicate Art have hints of Beulah and Nick Drake – as illustrated in another song from the new album: “Driving,” which features Mirah.

Show Alert!

Lonesome Leash will be in Seattle this Friday (October 26) at Gallery 1412 with Lori Goldston and Jordan O’ Jordan, Amethyst de Wolfe {8-11:30pm / $5-$15 sliding scale donation / more info}.

If you’re enjoying these songs from outside the 206 area code, Lonesome Leash is headed out on a tour:

10/25/18 – Olympia, WA – Cascadia Brewing
10/26/18 – Seattle, WA – Gallery 1412
10/27/18 – Vancouver, BC – Woods
10/28/18 – Port Townsend, WA – Disco Bay Detour
10/31/18 – Santa Rosa, CA – House Show
11/05/18 – Taos, NM – Ennui Gallery
11/08/18 – Austin, TX – House Show
11/09/18 – New Orleans, LA – Tigermen Den
11/10/18 – New Orleans, LA – Euclid Records
11/13/18 – Lafayette, LA – Blue Moon Saloon
11/15/18 – Athens, GA – Buvez
11/16/18 – Atlanta, GA – Camp Hope
11/18/18 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
11/20/18 – Richmond, VA – Black Iris Gallery
11/23/18 – Brooklyn, NY – Jalopy Theater
11/25/18 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theater

12/1/18 – Amsterdam, NL – Butchers Tears
12/12/18 – Torino, IT – Da Emilia
12/13/18 – Ravenna, IT – Bronson
12/14/18 – Colle Val d’Elsa, IT Bottega Roots
12/15/18 – Foligno, IT – Spazio Astra
12/16/18 – Parma, IT – Wopa Temporary