As Boston-based instrumental post-rock/post-metal trio LESOTHO prepares to release their debut EP, Summer Wars, New Noise Magazine is premiering the record’s opening track and lead single, “Plusone/Timestwo.”
LESOTHO‘s Summer Wars EP is a largely heavy and precisely orchestrated body of work, driven by clean, emotive guitar melodies juxtaposed by thundering bass and drum work. Each moment stands together, holding the listener and demanding their attention with every note. The record was recorded last Fall by Alex Allinson at The Bridge Sound & Stage in Cambridge, Massachusetts, mastered by Magnus Lindberg of Cult Of Luna at VRTKL Audio/Magnus Lindberg Productions, and completed with artwork by Manol Chitadze and Benjamin Bardou. The genuine artistry behind Summer Wars is undeniable
With the “Plusone/Timestwo” single the band offers, “We chose ‘Plusone/Timestwo’ as the opening song/single because it pretty much captures all of the dynamics the whole EP travels through. Similar to a theme or motif, there are strong melodic sections that establish a throughline that is constant through the entire record. We think it paints a pretty good picture of what we bring to the table sonically – melody blended with intensity.”
Stream the lead single to LESOTHO’s Summer Wars, “Plusone/Timestwo,” at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Summer Wars will see release across all digital platforms independently on August 20th, with a limited cassette edition by Suspended Soul Tapes And Records. Find preorders/pre-saves HERE.
In conjunction with the release of Summer Wars, LESOTHO will also be revealing a sprawling, multi-camera live performance captured by Pine Street Studios and engineered by Alex Allinson at The Bridge Sound & Stage where the EP was recorded.
LESOTHO was formed during the 2020 quarantine days by guitarist Kyle Loffredo, drummer Zach Ganshirt, and bassist Cliff Cazeau. Formed during a time when many would feel isolated and separated, the members found connection and community through a mutual love for heavy and emphatic instrumental music. Not to be defined by the fallible nature of mankind and its words, LESOTHO follows the cardinal rule of metal – that there are no rules. For them, writing a massive song fueled by the raw emotion of the instruments, without a traditional verse/chorus trade-off feels natural, and their structure flows however it pleases. In the world of LESOTHO, artists as varied as Caspian, Isis, Cave In, and Black Sheep Wall swirl inside their heads, and seep into their musical ether.
Watch for audio premieres and additional info to post over the weeks ahead.