Too often the phrase "orchestral pop" is tossed around without full cognizance of what it truly means, let alone as a descriptor for anything nearly as righteous as seeing Loch Lomond live on stage. Melding a symphonic mix of mandolins, clarinets, vibraphones and varying percussion, the self-described "chamber folk" outfit's gorgeous four-party vocal harmonies lend balance to what could otherwise be overwhelming instrumentation. Very much a thriving example of a band greater than the sum of its parts, Loch Lomond's live performance instills a sense of wonderment and awe not usually garnered from music so delicate. Jamie Anne Spiess' haunting voice will serve as support with Husbands, Love Your Wives, and Carrie Biell will round out the ticket from behind a swell of steel guitars. Photo courtesy Alicia J. Rose.
Wed., Jan. 28, 8 p.m., 2009