A few months back I was head over heels in love with Luke LaLonde’s spare, brilliant nu jazz-ish cover of Beyonce’s Countdown. (Update: Oh! And Undone! Swoon. I forgot how best he is...) LaLonde’s band Born Ruffians is back with the album Birthmarks that came out last month.
Consequence of Sound has this great concise review o’ da album and LaLonde’s changing priorities as he ages
In pre-release interviews, frontman Luke Lalonde claimed that much of the inspiration for Birthmarks came from his feelings of “moving through your mid-twenties and not doing what a lot of people my age feel like they should be doing - like a PhD, buying a house, having a real job with a salary and benefits.” Needless to say, this is a far cry from 2006, when he was a 14 year old boy who had just seen his first bra and squealed, "I need to get laid immediately."Now, heavy lines like “We get so lost sometimes, filling holes that don’t need fixing,” and “I’m not scared to die, I’m scared to be replaced” are peppered throughout Birthmarks, giving it a backbone worth revisiting.
So many holes in need of filling these days! Someone call Cal Trans.