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Lewis & Clarke share a second single from stunning new album!‏

August 20, 2014

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Listen to the second single
from the stunning new Lewis & Clarke
album – out in October!

“Lewis & Clarke returns with a huge masterpiece; Triumvirate, a double LP of extreme beauty, emotion, musicality, and storytelling.” – Folkadelphia

“Gorgeous, slow building…..He constructs songs the way a gifted author tells stories, revealing details slowly, guiding the narrative along confidently.” – Wondering Sound

“Over the course of several years, Rogai has established a clear and honest vision of elevated longform songwriting that’s mesmerizing in its grandeur, immersive in its majestic sweep, and yet so neatly contained within its wide expansive.”  – All Around Sound

Triumvirate is the highly anticipated third full-length from Lewis & Clarke.  It’s an album of seasoned confidence and meditative song-craft with a vision of clarity and conviction; a seventy-five minute journey through lush and brooding passages nestled in a canopy of strings, melancholic melodies and warm, world-weary beauty. Complex, fragile arrangements mix with unexpected but natural elements to create a tapestry of intricate yet strong compositions. Lyrically rich and musically gorgeous, Triumvirate is well worth the wait.  Lewis & Clarke now share another single from this stunning album.

“Lewis & Clarke returns with a huge masterpiece; Triumvirate, a double LP of extreme beauty, emotion, musicality, and storytelling.” – Folkadelphia

“Gorgeous, slow building…..He constructs songs the way a gifted author tells stories, revealing details slowly, guiding the narrative along confidently.” – Wondering Sound

“Over the course of several years, Rogai has established a clear and honest vision of elevated longform songwriting that’s mesmerizing in its grandeur, immersive in its majestic sweep, and yet so neatly contained within its wide expansive.” – All Around Sound

Triumvirate is the highly anticipated third full-length from Lewis & Clarke. It’s an album of seasoned confidence and meditative song-craft with a vision of clarity and conviction; a seventy-five minute journey through lush and brooding passages nestled in a canopy of strings, melancholic melodies and warm, world-weary beauty. Complex, fragile arrangements mix with unexpected but natural elements to create a tapestry of intricate yet strong compositions. Lyrically rich and musically gorgeous, Triumvirate is well worth the wait. Lewis & Clarke now share another single from this stunning album.

Listen to the hauntingly beautiful track, ‘Black Cloud’  HERE

Lewis & Clarke is the musical alias of Pennsylvania-based artist Lou Rogai, the voice and vision resonating through the long form art-pop / avant-folk compositions that have become a signature sound.  For close to a decade, Lewis & Clarke has steadily and quietly built a devout following by releasing several acclaimed recordings while skirting mainstream currents. Rogai’s slow-burning process is as much of a mission statement as an authentic stance in a corporate age.  He makes music as an antidote, an unaffected experience.  The moniker itself references the fellowship and correspondence between C. S. Lewis and Arthur C. Clarke rather than the 19th century explorers.  In the same way, Lewis & Clarke songs tend to shift depth of field and mood as unexpected layers of sound and lyrics unfold.

Rogai has a strong history of collaboration; he’s credited as producer / arranger / multi-instrumentalist on Leave Ruin, the debut LP by Strand of Oaks, as well as having contributed to the Two Suns album by Bat For Lashes. Most recently, Rogai scoredThe Wreck, the short which premiered at Cannes 2014 directed by Kevin Haus.  Haus also directed A Map of A Maze, a 13 minute short film depicting the inspirations and meditations of Triumvirate, which premiered on Stereogum.  Watch A Map of A Maze HERE

Triumvirate takes its title from the political term for the classic power struggle between three entities as well as a cliff face of the same name in Delaware Water Gap. “If you equate the act of climbing a mountain as solving a puzzle, the album name is also a metaphor for solving a moving puzzle and moving forward”.  Listening to demos of the record, though, one gets the sense that the true triumvirate Rogai is exploring is one within himself; the outward-facing philosopher, the introspective songwriter, and the old soul whose oneness with the natural world can’t help but permeate his work.

Triumvirate is out 8th October on La Société Expéditionnaire.

Press for previous albums:
“Lewis & Clarke blew up their pastoral folk sound into long, torn-open and moody soundscapes on 2007’s Blasts of Holy Birth, and they have taken that brooding tangled beauty down even darker roads….Light Time shows once again that Lewis & Clarke’s quiet sound is an affecting one.”  Prefix

“Lewis & Clarke doesn’t play songs as much as unfurl them, slowly letting ribbons of sound billow and cascade. The power, though, is palpable, made even stronger through delicateness, a paradox that is at play not only in the music on Light Time but also in its metaphors for life, loss and renewal.”   PopMatters

Hypnotic mountain folk, setting reedy vocals against spare and elegant guitars, gradually swooning into a near seven-minute piece full of strings and woodsy imagery…songs for getting lost into.”  Stereogum

“Its obvious that this album is a keeper…perfectly crafted, well executed, and earnest in its intent. In aiming to create music that is emotionally pure, Lewis & Clarke has released one of the best of the year.”  Prefix

“Eight tracks of delicate beauty.”   Pitchfork

“The melodies are exquisite, as delivered by an impressive array of strings, percussion, and Rogai’s own direct, unforced vocals…This is a band that more than deserves its growing acclaim.”
Pop Matters

“A profound work of earthy, orchestrated new-folk, Blasts Of Holy Birth raises the bar for both listeners and players…An expose of grace, beauty, peril, triumph, and the interconnectivity of all things. Meshing gorgeously hushed melodies and plucked guitars with baroque string arrangements and ethereal pulses and surges, Lewis & Clarke has crafted a transcendent work of epic proportions.”  Impose

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