Curse Of Lono will release their new studio album People In Cars in North America on April 22 via Submarine Cat Records (She Drew The Gun, Alabama 3, John Murry).
Recorded with long-term collaborator and producer Oli Bayston (Spiritualized, Teleman, Boxed In) and engineer Iain Berryman (Wolf Alice, Arcade Fire, Kings Of Leon), People In Cars is a deeply atmospheric, cinematic record that reinforces Curse Of Lono as one of the most compelling and lyrical voices of the British musical underground.
People In Cars is the critically acclaimed London band’s third album, following 2017’s debut Severed and As I Fell (2018), which led to Curse Of Lono receiving the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at the UK Americana Awards in 2019.
Drugs, death, danger and depression; these are the ghosts haunting People In Cars, made sombre, psychotropic and as immersive as lagoon mist by tones mingling The National, Wilco, Lee Hazelwood, Leonard Cohen and The War On Drugs into rich new alt country vapours. It’s named after Mike Mandel’s 2017 photo book capturing people through the windows of cars at an L.A. intersection in 1970, but these are motion-blurred snapshots from the unlit backstreets of Curse Of Lono founder and frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer’s own life. The lost friends and errant lovers. The long drives to Miami, Stones on the stereo, when the methadone withdrawal got too much. The ex-girlfriend on the run after her extra-marital fling died of an overdose on a surreptitious lost weekend.