It didn’t take long for them to begin performing together and making their mark in the Seattle music community, creating what Seattle Weekly calls the “most promising expansions on the pretty sounds that have dominated the local zeitgeist.” The energy these two produce live is a “force to be reckoned with,” according to Three Imaginary Girls, and Sound on the Sound adds that Lemolo leaves the listener “aching for more.” Along with receiving generous reviews for their album and live shows, the duo has opened for Sharon Van Etten, toured with The Head and the Heart, performed at Capitol Hill Block Party, City Arts, Music Fest NW, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, and the Dave Matthews Band Caravan Festivals, performed on KEXP 90.3 FM and sold out their album release show at The Columbia City Theater in a record time of 11 hours.
The Seattle Times praises Lemolo: “The girls exude an excited, youthful energy, which contrasts with the ambient, dark and pensive tone of the album. “Knives” is an opener that surprises in a good way; slow and heavy, it hits hard. The debut single, “On Again, Off Again,” captures the bones of Lemolo’s sound, which is built on layering: the notes on the electric guitar bend and echo on top of sparse, deliberate drum patterns. A backing chorus of voices slides hazily in and out, with Grandall’s clear vocals piercing confidently through the fullness…It’s an impressive first album.”
And City Arts Magazine raves: Lemolo’s sound swims the murky waters between mellifluous, beguiling pop and darker, unsettling tones and themes. At one turn, Grandall’s crystalline soprano illustrates cinematic visions of whale-watching; at the next, she’s wishing for thicker skin, willfully drowning her lovely voice in a wash of reverb-drenched minor chords cascading from her guitar. Cox’s powerful, precise drumming grounds Grandall’s graceful vacillations between sweet and sinister. Cox is a whole-body percussionist—and part-time keyboard player—whose torso twitches, hovers and sways in anticipation of every hit, strident or soft. On stage, when the girls’ eyes aren’t locked in intense dialogue with each other, they’re often closed, seemingly lost in an embrace with internal muses.”
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