Reviewed by Lauren Rosier
The band’s journey has been nothing short of serendipitous. After both experienced rock bottom, Rebecca Marie Miller (destitution in LA) and Joy Pearson (divorce), they turned to songwriting to make sense of it all. The two musicians met by chance via a mutual friend and they found an instant connection. Before night’s end, they had committed and Lenore. was born.
The female-fronted quartet delivers elegant folk and some of the most beautiful harmonies I’ve ever heard. On the debut, the record opens with the graceful “Ether’s Arms”. The delicate strums of the guitar paired with the orchestral arrangement create a soothing blend of folk and ‘70’s style pop.
The album’s second single, “Heavy Eyes”, has the four-piece seriously channeling some Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks crossed with elements of the indie pop band, Eisley. The arrangements of the guitars and strings meld perfectly with the vocals so well that it’s a flawless performance.
I feel as though they are channeling indie pop band, Death Cab For Cutie, on the opening guitars of the track “The Sun”. That part leads into melodic indie folk, a blend of guitars and harmonies that keeps you on the edge. The haunting first verse gradually crescendos into upbeat folk until it echoes out into the universe.
On “Blue”, the band takes an alt-country style route, focusing on Miller’s and Person’s pristine vocals. The arrangement features elegant strings and guitars that pair well with the band’s exquisite vocal harmonies. While on “Pull the Reins”, the sweeping vocals and arrangements create a mysterious vibe, while still maintaining their solid harmonies.
Lenore solidifies their place as a band to look out for with their self-titled debut. They’re definitely a band that’s going places and they showcase that with their incredible songwriting abilities and musicianship on this album. From beginning to end, their full-length debut is a beautiful blend of indie folk, pop and rock.
Members: Rebecca Marie Miller, Joy Pearson, Edward Cameron & Jessie Dettwiler
Lenore. is from the Portland area but will be playing The Capitol Room @ H*MAC in Harrisburg on October 20th.