Living Theatre is the follow up to eponymous debut album from duo Shane Butler (formerly with band Quilt) and Caity Shaffer, and it more than lives up to its promise. The songs on Living Theatre were written and recorded during a heavy time of transition and upheaval for the duo, with personal tragedies and a big move from their NYC home to a warmer climate in Los Angeles, colouring the album's inception.
+ Indie Edition LP on green vinyl
Thematically Living Theatre tunes seem to be about how humans react to the ways life is coloured by both fate and the consequences of the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. Musically, the duo's songwriting has gelled into a unified front, relying more on the subtle shifts of melody and rhythm than a barrage of chord changes; Living Theatre's hooks lap at your feet like a babbling brook, rather than bowl you over like violent waves. The refinement in tunes like 'Castor & Pollux', 'Grand Palais' and first single 'Cotton & Cain' point to a new frontier for the group; soaring skyward toward the emotionally textural plateaus of trailblazers like The Go-Betweens or Yo La Tengo. There's a discernible romantic feel to tunes like 'Violent Days' or 'Distant Episode's lush arrangements with Shaffer in particular finding her own voice here; poetic, abstract and expressive. Living Theatre showcases a band breaking free from its chrysalis, and embracing its next phase of evolution
1. 240 D
2. Blue Paradigm
3. Cotton & Cain
5. Castor & Pollux
6. Violent Days
7. Every Ark
8. Grand Palais
9. Distant Episode
10. Angelino High
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