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Long Way From Home

by Lovespirals

Lush, melancholy Americana-tinged dream pop filled with beautiful female vocals and soulful guitar work. 10 seductive tales of beautiful sadness and spiritual longing.
Genre: Pop: Dream Pop
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1. Caught in the Groove
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2. Empty Universe
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3. Treading the Water
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4. Once in a Blue Moon
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5. This Truth
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6. Motherless Child
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7. Sundrenched
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8. Nocturnal Daze
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9. Lovelight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Lovespirals have truly hit their stride on this third album, Long Way From Home. Melding the dreamy folk and rock of their 2002 debut, Windblown Kiss, with the soulful jazz and blues of 2005 follow-up Free & Easy, the duo seamlessly blend prior influences with new sounds and styles. “Sultry chanteuse”, Anji Bee, spins seductive tales of beautiful sadness and spiritual longing set to band founder, Ryan Lum’s masterfully melancholic music.

After nearly a decade of artistic collaboration between singer/songwriter, Anji Bee, and multi-instrumentalist/producer, Ryan Lum, it seems almost a moot point that Lovespirals evolved out of Projekt act, Love Spirals Downwards. Yet Lum’s former band incarnation remains popular within dream pop circles; popular enough that his first 2 early 90’s albums are currently being reissued. And Love Spirals Downwards have long held the reputation as Projekt’s best selling act. So though Lovespirals have been around as long as LSD, the two projects are inextricably linked in many people’s minds.

Still, Lovespirals have gained many new fans, from both their heavy involvement with the digital music revolution and their growing popularity in the podcasting world. Lovespirals were a forerunner of band pocdasting, launching Chillin’ with Lovespials in mid-2005. This Podshow syndicated podcast has detailed their work on Long Way From Home, leaking clips of songs in progress, as well as remixes, live recordings, and demos with thousands of listeners monthly. Bee’s popular podsafe music podcast, The Chillcast, has won the band additional fans due in no small part to her stature as “the sexiest voice in podcasting.”

Lovespirals were one of the first bands to join the Podsafe Music Network, founded by PodShow owner, Adam Curry. The band enjoys strong support not only from Curry’s seminal Daily Source Code, but from many other renowned podcasts including Accident Hash, Rumor Girls, Dave’s Lounge, and Coverville. The album’s first podsafe single, “Motherless Child”, was remixed by indie bands including Karmacoda, Hungry Lucy, and MoShang, for a digital EP which is entirely podsafe.

Multi-award winning music podcaster, C.C. Chapman, has said Long Way From Home is Lovespirals best work to date, and the band agree. In fact, Lum believes this is his finest work, bar none. Long time fans will be pleased to hear the duo return to their dream pop roots, as well as their return to vocal and guitar based songwriting. With Long Way From Home, bluesy electric guitar abounds, with touches of wistful slide guitar, tinkling piano, and haunting harmonica to evoke a lush, organic, Americana feel. Bee’s vocal harmonies soar confidently alongside Lum’s guitar with that trademark blend of childlike innocence and mature sensuality that has endeared her to listeners new and old.

Lovespirals’ music has appeared on TV and cable including MTV, VH1, E!, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.


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TuneGardener

Lovespirals hit their stride
Anji and Ryan have really hit their stride with their third release, full of Anji's trademark soulfulness but with a guitar emphasis that really works. The album is very polished and crystal clear.

CocteauBoy

Sensual and Contemplative
The sun rises blue on Lovespirals' new album, moving you into a contradictive state of swaying in groovy rhythms, inducing romantic notions of blues bars and cocktail lounges, while you discreetly wipe a tear from your eye.

This Lovespirals seeks to move you, not leaving out one layer of your body; they reach out to the emotional, physical and spiritual; offering soothing empahty for our at once universal and utterly personal pains of life, loss, lonlieness, and love.

The Sun is blue here because the sadness that is explored is not darkness , it is Life. It has been said that Chaos is simply the lack of recognition of patterns, and that with just a bit of perspective, even the most chaotic is beautiful again. Sadness is the same.

So put on this Lovespirals album to help bring a beautiful pattern to the sadness we all have found at one point or another in our lives. 'Long Way From Home' is quite simply: Beautiful Sadness.

Cadence Revolution

A must listen!
It's very rare these days to come across an entire CD which you will listen to over and over from beginning to the end non-stop, and even rarer to find one which makes you want to grab everyone you know and tell them "you must listen to this."

However such is the case with the third release, Long Way Home, from the California based duo Lovespirals, consisting on Anji Bee on vocals and Ryan Lum on instruments.

Fusing sounds from jazz, chill, folk, Americana and even a touch of country, this latest release will grab you and wrap you in an aural blanket of warm and a soothing hand on the brow that shows off why the indie music scene is our salvation from the commercial corporate music machine, and Lovespirals as one of it's shinning stars.

From the opening jazzy/country sound of the aptly named "Caught In The Groove", to the groovy feel of "This Truth", to the lazy summer afternoon feeling of "Sundrenched" this CD is a wonderful blend of vocals and music coming together in an intertwining dance of harmony deftly expressing emotions in both delivery and composition.

Perhaps the one track that shows off their ability to combine emotion with production is the track "Motherless Child", which had been released as a remix by MoShang on his Asian Variations CD earlier this year. On the Long Way Home version, Lovespirals have gone with a less is more approach and stripped the song down to the barest and starkest in this presentation.

Anji's emotion filled delivery holds nothing back in delivering the full emotion of grief and loss. While Ryan's haunting and simple layered guitar work echoes her delivery, but neither overpowers the other, and the two come together to powerfully capture the feeling of being alone and isolated.

Throughout Long Way Home, the duo convey a wide range of feelings and emotions as words and music come together or swirl around and through each other in a mesmerizing dance of audio.

Lovespirals have found the perfect balance, resulting in a release that never falters from one track to the next that is rare these days, and is the perfect aural vacation everyone should take at least once a day.

Sunday Sundown

Laid-Back, Mellow, Passionate, Relaxed, Sensual, Smooth, Warm
Anji and Ryan of the Lovespirals are one of my favorite independent bands around. Their sound is so easy and relaxed, it totaly cools you down. Their latest album Long way from Home, is absolutly fabulous. This band totaly earns all the support we can give them!