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As I Fell SUB­MA­RINE CAT 8/10 A sojourn in Joshua Tree in­spires Lon­don-based band

Since record­ing promis­ing 2017 de­but al­bum Sev­ered with pro­ducer/player Oli Bayston, Felix Bech­tol­sheimer has ex­panded Curse Of Lono (named af­ter the Hunter S Thomp­son novel) to a five-piece band, with strik­ing re­sults. An omi­nously rum­bling bassline, con­cus­sive hand­claps and ser­rated gui­tar licks erupt around Bech­tol­sheimer’s la­conic bari­tone on opener “Valen­tine”, and As I Fell con­tin­ues to gather force as it pro­gresses, like an ap­proach­ing storm over the Cal­i­for­nia desert. With spec­tral sound­scapes like “Kath­leen” and “Tell Me About Your Love”, the tor­mented ti­tle song and widescreen closer “Leu­ven”, Curse Of Lono have con­jured a se­duc­tive mise en scène whose charged at­mos­phere bears par­al­lels to Em­my­lou Har­ris’s Wreck­ing Ball and U2’s The Joshua Tree.

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