By: Nick Manduley
Lo-fi alternative rock solo act Lavender Sky released their sophomore LP “Technical Limitations” on July 26th. “Vines”, the first of thirteen tracks, opens the record with a casio keyboard drum loop followed by the strumming of a very twinkly, clean-toned guitar. The listener is quickly enveloped in a hazy fog of psychedelic guitar and synth tones, combined with reverby, melodramatic vocals courtesy of vocalist and guitarist Luke Hoffman. “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” opens with an infectious but gentle guitar riff that is reminiscent of bands like Turnover. Tracks such as “Stop H8in”, “When I’m Not Sick”, “I Don’t Know (RIP)”, and the album’s outro were completely improvised, and surprisingly wound up being some of the most profound songs on the record.
“It really helped recording stuff just from my brain and heart on the spot into the tape recorder,” says Hoffman in the description of the record on his bandcamp account. “Some of them ended up being the deepest tracks on the album.”
“Winter Is Over” shows a bit more of a country, Bob Dylan-influenced side of Hoffman’s musical range. The track opens with a sweet harmonica melody over the strumming of a twangy guitar, and leads into Hoffman singing about cherry blossoms blooming in the spring. The record’s title, “Technical Limitations” is derived from Hoffman’s dedication to create his art using only the equipment directly available to him. “From the beginning of this project, I never wanted to use drum samples I could easily download or use from a pad. I wanted to be constricted to using the given drum settings and synth tones from my casio keyboards that I’ve collected over the past couple years” says Hoffman.
On July 19th, Hoffman held a release show for the new record at the Meatlocker in Montclair, New Jersey. A live album of Hoffman’s set that night was released on the 22nd. Fans can purchase “Technical Limitations” (as well as the rest of Lavender Sky’s discography) for the name-your-price option bandcamp. Fans can also stream the new record on all major streaming platforms.