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In 2008, following a failed romance, a drinking binge and detox time in the drunk tank, the songwriter decided to focus his energies on something more productive: making music. McLamb filled a storage space with recording equipment and began a kind of musical therapy that later became the Love Language's self-titled debut.
Fast forward to 2010: McLamb's sophomore effort, Libraries, was recorded in a traditional studio environment -- with the stipulation that its production retain McLamb's lo-fi sound that served his first album so well. Good idea. Like his 2008 debut, Libraries effectively captures and expands upon his raw aesthetic; it also shows that even from an improved station in life, the man can still write a song. When the Love Language play the Casbah on Feb. 25, you'll see what I mean.
Show headliners Telekinesis are Love Language's kindred spirits. Telekinesis mastermind Michael Lerner wrote his latest album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, as a result of romantic disconnection and catastrophe. Like the Love Language's McLamb, Lerner also had to quarantine himself to get his thoughts on record; 12 Desperate Straight Lines will be released this month.