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The Rest of Me is Space

by Le Switch

With a skeleton of Ram-era McCartney, Nilson Schmilsson, and The Band, Le Switch are Los Angeles’ answer to Dr. Dog. Dismissing their sound as overly familiar misses the point.” – LA Weekly
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1. How We Imagined it
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2. Country II
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3. Call Out
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4. Bad Decisions
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5. Drinkin'
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6. Falling For You
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7. All About Heart
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8. You & I
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9. New Born City
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10. Doing The Same Things
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Album Notes
With a skeleton of Ram-era McCartney, Nilson Schmilsson, and The Band, Le Switch are Los Angeles’ answer to Dr. Dog. Dismissing their sound as overly familiar misses the point.” – LA Weekly

"Fans of The Beatles, The Animals, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello should take note.” – The Tripwire

“Kyle's songs stomp with raw power while his talented troupe churn out infectious rhythms, keys, slinky bass and soaring melodies that sound like love letters soaking in kerosene.” – Buzznet

“Le Switch have been called a lot of things, from Waits-ian barroom growlers to whiskey-soaked, confessional, soul-pop. Both fitting, but one common descriptor that always manages to find its way into the conversation is that of soul.” – Aquarium Drunkard



When Los Angeles’ Le Switch decided to go into the studio to record the follow up to 2008’s And Now….Le Switch, they mulled their options. With the departure of their longtime viola/trumpet player they wanted to sharpen their focus and make a truly collaborative record. With too many distractions in Los Angeles, the remaining four members opted to head north to Hangar Studios in Sacramento (Vetiver, Broken West, The Morning Benders).

The change in environment worked its magic. Singer/guitarist Aaron Kyle opened up the songwriting process and the other three members contributed lyrics and production ideas, organically pushing the band in new directions. At their core, the new songs retain the soulful, early 1970’s rock ‘n’ roll approach of the first album, but as if filtered through the pop half of Jon Brion’s brain.

Josh Charney’s presence is felt profoundly; there are very few songs when the first note played isn’t from an upright piano, organ, Wurlitzer or Moog. He also contributes the almost Petty-esque track, “Bad Decisions.” Christopher Harrison (who also plays bass) punctures all the toe-tapping in the songs with jagged guitar solos. Drummer Joe Napolitano (Henry Clay People, Princeton, The Northstar Session) once again engineers, contributes the occasional guitar riff and even plays keys on his late-period Beatles-inspired contribution, “How We Imagined It.”

Aaron Kyle’s voice (both literally and figuratively) is front and center in the mix. Flavorpill described him as “one of the most seductive and mournful voices around, running the gamut from yodel to Hank Williams warble” and the LA Times said he “sings as if he’s never five minutes from his last whiskey , or five minutes from his next.” Lyrically, Kyle explores classic, personal themes like: falling in love, falling out of love, searching for your place, finding your passion, Sisyphean struggles and succumbing to desperation.

When asking the band about the meaning behind the album title (The Rest of Me is Space) I was told a little story of their Halloween in Sacramento. The band was taking a break from recording and Christopher called home to say hello to his wife and daughter. They had just returned from a costume party. His wife, Bridget, mentioned being particularly impressed with one of the little boy’s costumes. When she asked the boy to explain it, the boy said, “I’m Saturn (a large blue, orange and yellow bulb with rings covered his head), and the rest of me is space” wearing black pajamas with glitter. The band fell in love with the story and when they saw the actual photo of him, it was decided that this be the name of the record.

Le Switch is ecstatic to have Paul Larson (The Minor Canon, Strictly Ballroom, DNTEL) join them on bass for their upcoming tour. Their record release show takes place at Spaceland (in their home base of Silver Lake) on November 4th. They’ll follow that up with a West Coast tour that will take them through the new year.

-Duke www.yousetthescene.com


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There was a short window of time in the early 70's, right after the Beatles broke up, when Paul McCartney released his first few solo records. The tracks on those LPs were probably intended to be Beatles songs, but released from the confines of the band, McCartney was free to brighten the tunes to his heart's content, delving deep into the piano-laced pop that he excelled at. The songs on the sophomore album from this Los Angeles band encapsulate that sound: highly melodic, unabashedly peppy, and carefully orchestrated while still remaining loose and free. You'll catch on as soon as you dive into the supremely catchy opener, "How We Imagined It," which takes the McCartney vibe and couples it with a late-70's Randy Newman sort of thing that takes full advantage of vocalist Aaron Kyle's smooth-but-scratchy delivery. It's just the first of many three-minute pop numbers here that match a piano bounce with strong, driving melodies that don't linger too long, but will end up stuck in your head regardless. That's not to say the group doesn't have range: "Drinkin'" mixes blues and soul and peaks with a flurry of guitars, and "You & I" rides a pulsing organ tone and features some of the most emotive vocals on the album. In the end, it's hard to nail this record down, but somehow, that just makes its appeal more universal.