album review:: Weinland: La Lamentor

Portland, Oregon’s Weinland will be releasing their new album La Lamentor on Badman, March 4th. Crossing borders by way of acoustic guitar and backing band, Weinland carve out a landscape of well crafted songs with a tone somewhere in the realm of Elliott Smith without quite the void, and Koz’s early Red House Painters without the misanthropy. Having said that, La Lamentor is its own record, and anyone who likes well written music dealing with those in between feelings and situations, like a thoughtful sadness, will appreciate the manner in which the emotional content of the song is clearly communicated to the listener. Weinland touch ground with Neil Young, on numbers like “God Here I Come,” and especially on the rock n’ roll blazer “Gold,” which starts with a hollow piano and intensifies into a full fledge fire. Quiet time comes with the meditational “Curse of the Sea,” built with acoustic guitars, occasional rhythmic entry, and a melody made to twist your heart into knots, begging you to experience it all over again. Things are notched back up as the band returns on mid-tempo riser “All to Yourself,” climaxing with the Elton John moment on the bridge, making me think of the wind up for “Rocket Man,”

…And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man…

Sorry, I digressed, but I think Elton must be singing about the same thing. Throughout La Lamentor, there are gripping melodies and lyrics, perhaps best exemplified by standouts “Sick as a Gun,” “For Land, For Love, For Time,” and “Desiree.” The darkest piece on the record by far is the piano driven “With You Without You,” detailing a hollow man who can only find meaning by way of martyrdom for an unrequited love. In summary, there are eleven songs made for folks who like to have fun, but don’t think what most people do for fun is fun at all.

Sick as a Gun.mp3
2.14.08 Portland @ Wonder Ballroom w/Portland Cello Project
3.1.08 Portland @ Doug Fir Lounge Weinland CD Release Party by
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4.16.08 Eugene, OR @ Sam Bonds Garage w/ Norfolk & Western
4.17.08 Chico, CA @ Café Coda w/ Norfolk & Western
4.19.08 Sacramento @ Cool Cat Gallery w/ Norfolk & Western
4.20.08 San Francisco @ Café Du Nord w/ Norfolk & Western
4.21.08 Los Angeles @ Bordello w/ Norfolk & Western
4.23.08 Tucson, AZ @ Plush w/ Norfolk & Western
4.24.08 Prescott, AZ @ Raven Café w/ Norfolk & Western
4.25.08 Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court w/ Norfolk & Western
4.26.08 Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Norfolk & Western
4.30.08 Bend, OR @ Old St. Fancis School
5.1.08 Salem, OR @ Boones Treasury
5.2.08 Forest Grove, OR @ Grand Lodge
5.3.08 Portland @ White Eagle

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