Los Angeles ambient duo There Is No Teenage Love return with homage to their city: LAHEX.
In the fall of 2012, There Is No Teenage Love (David J Dowling and Erik Tokle) self-released their eponymous debut, earning praise from bloggers across the globe and plays from the likes of Jimmy Tamborello (The Postal Service), and L.A.’s KCRW. Now, almost exactly 2 years later, they are back with LAHEX, a cinematic love-letter to their adoptive home of Los Angeles.
A minimal symphony of looped guitars, reverberant drones and rhythmic delays, LAHEX is equally at home in the relentless sun or in the late-night, sodium-light-un-blackness of the city — a ‘concept album’ that is heartbreaking when you need it to be, lonesome when you want it to be, and blissful when you allow it to be.
LAHEX is available as a limited-edition white vinyl record with instant digital download (plus a bonus track). The record comes in a heavyweight violet sleeve within a metallic silver jacket. Unadorned by type and suitable for framing, the cover features a 12,000 year old saber-toothed cat skull from L.A.'s La Brea Tar Pits, photographed exclusively for this album.
Some praise for the debut record:
‘Band of The Year’ 2012 ‘This airy, droney, post-rock album is definitely the most unexpected musical item we’ve stumbled upon this year.' — Los Angeles, I’m Yours (USA)
Top 10 Albums of 2012 — Chop Shop Records (USA)
'Avec ses drones éthérées, sa guitare en apesanteur aux contours nappés de reverb, ses orgues majestueux et ses traînées de synthés sans âge au romantisme diffus (à moins que tout cela ne soit le fruit de manipulations guitaristes dignes de l’élégance light d’un Christopher Willits?), on imagine aisément l’effet que doit procurer l’écoute de There Is No Teenage Love au lever du soleil sur un océan à perte de vue.' — Indie Rock Mag (France)
‘This is music played by human musicians, and although it avoids any obvious discursive, linear tokens of self-expression, it still sounds like the work of human hands and hearts. There is care and effort in every moment, an understanding of physical instrumental resources without which this music could be nothing like as nuanced and precisely judged.’ — Oliver Arditi (UK)