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If you missed any of their rousing performances of new material at SXSW, here’s another opportunity to check out Earlimart.
TV continues to LOVE Earlimart playing their songs over and over. Listen for Music on Kyle XY, One Tree Hill and the Bionic Woman.
Also, for the next SIX months you can hear Happy Alone from the much loved Mentor Tormentor on
After returning from their never ending tour for last years Mentor Tormentor, Aaron and Ariana headed back to their Ship studio to record Hymn and Her.
In fact after 10 years of being in the band, Aaron and Ariana have made a vow to release at least one record every fiscal year for the next 10 years. Or, unless Aaron and Ari decide that they don’t want to.
“We recorded the new album (Hymn and Her) really quickly. We didn’t wanna wait another 3 years to make
another record. We just wanna keep makin’ stuff,” says Espinoza.
Hymn and Her was written and produced by Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray at the band’s Ship Studio in Eagle Rock, CA. The making of the record was quick compared to the two years of work that went into Mentor Tormentor, and it proves to be more organic and diverse than anything the band has done before. The band has over the years metamorphosed into a two piece Â an introspective songwriting team whose recordings have lush production quality.
Despite the “down and dirty” approach, the album still has a very layered and rich sound, which is due in large part to LynchÂ¹s contribution. He”s credited in the liner notes as “engineering w/ additional production, music, and magic-making,” and nothing seems more apt to describe the sonic manipulations that give the album its unique and varied
This new offering will be EarlimartÂ¹s second on Majordomo, an imprint formed as a partnership
between Earlimart and Shout! Factory, offering the band greater creative freedom. Majordomo will also sign and produce other like-minded artists.
Press love for Earlimart:
“The thinking-man’s Wilco…” -Â New York Times
“Sweeping keyboards conjure a movie soundtrack feel” -Â Â Los Angeles Times
“With its broad, sweeping string arrangements, Mentor Tormentor is much more grandiose then anything
Earlimart has done before.” Â -Â Filter
“MentorÂ¹s sumptuous melodies soar. The dusky tunes are accented with twinkling keys, booming cymbals and
surging string arrangements.” -Â Â CMJ
“Local heroes Earlimart play formidable pop in the same sense that Radiohead elevates the genre — intricately conceived lyrics and arrangements that twist from eighth-note classic jangle to sheer traffic jam noise.” Â -Â Â Â Los Angeles Times
“You probably won’t find a prettier indie rock record this year than EarlimartÂ¹s Mentor Tormentor.”Â – – American Songwriter
“Mentor Tormentor stands as an independent work of art superior to any previous Earlimart album and a true
testament to the developed songwriting abilities of Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray.” -Â – PopMatters.com
“Elegantly drifty Beatles atmospherics.” – Spin
“Searly morning melancholy, nothing short of gut-wrenching. A-” -Â Entertainment Weekly
“The elegiac balladry not only recalls [Elliott] Smith’s songwriting, but also rings with a similar emotional clarity.” –
“Fat, fuzzed out guitar hooks, lush layers of stately keyboards and synth washes, thundering bass and drums, an effective harmony of sound and vision.” -ÂÂ Paste
“A stunning album” – ÂÂ SF Weekly
“Expect goosebumps.” – LA Weekly
“Richly orchestrated, grandly melodic, experimental-tinged pop.” -Â Los Angeles Times