Lemolo, a dream-pop duo from Poulsbo, Kitsap County, has sold out both its shows at the Columbia City Theater celebrating the release of the new album, "The Kaleidoscope."
We need more women musicians breaking out of the Northwest indie scene, so it’s refreshing to see Lemolo, a dream-pop duo from Poulsbo, Kitsap County, launching its debut album with two shows Friday and Saturday at Columbia City Theater.
Meagan Grandall, 25, and Kendra Cox, 22, started playing music together in 2009 when they were college roommates. There’s been a quiet buzz building around them this past year. They got their big break when the Head and the Heart invited them on a West Coast tour. That exposure led to a dizzying array of bucket-list accomplishments, including playing the Showbox, Neumos, Bumbershoot and Sasquatch.
Lemolo was originally scheduled to play one show, but it sold out in 11 hours. Fleet Foxes is the only other band that has sold out the Columbia City Theater faster. A second show has since sold out, too.
Grandall came up with the name of the album, “The Kaleidoscope.”
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“The idea for me is that all the songs touch on different moments in my life lyrically and different periods in our lives as a band,” she said. “The kaleidoscope resembles that in my mind. You have these little pieces of glass that are all unique, but when they come together, it’s just one beautiful, intricate image.”
Over the phone, the girls exude an excited, youthful energy, which contrasts with the ambient, dark and pensive tone of the album. “Knives” is an opener that surprises in a good way; slow and heavy, it hits hard. The debut single, “On Again, Off Again,” captures the bones of Lemolo’s sound, which is built on layering: the notes on the electric guitar bend and echo on top of sparse, deliberate drum patterns. A backing chorus of voices slides hazily in and out, with Grandall’s clear vocals piercing confidently through the fullness.
It’s an impressive first album, though at times I was craving that one really rocking song to break up the down-tempo intensity.
Grandall and Cox have the talent and drive to succeed as musicians.
“It’s been really cool to grow this sound,” explained Cox. “I don’t think we’re done growing our sound yet.”
Grandall added: “We’ve been working harder on this than anything we’ve worked on in our lives. We’ve had our noses to the grindstone. There’s been a lot of structured goal setting and I think that’s been a huge part of our successes.”
Claire Connell: firstname.lastname@example.org