Atlanta band Loraine revives purely instrumental music

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Kira Hynes

The bands EP, An Autumn Evening, portrays the band’s overall style and attitude with brief grace and meaning, and is up for listening on the band’s website http://loraine.bandcamp.com/.

Considering the endless stream of new music overwhelming the airways, Atlanta post-rock band Loraine would, upon first glance, stand out no more than the rest.

That is, of course, until the eyes of the beholder move past the song and band and album names to the genre, one that, in the past few years, has become more and more scarce.

“Instrumental.”

Although the lack of vocals may seem daunting to the stickler for lyrics and more traditional vocal-melody-driven songs, the reality is that the instruments are tasteful and melodic, and don’t beg for vocals. In fact, some, like senior Eliot Neff, would say it stands alone beautifully.

“Listening to Loraine is like reading a good story, you almost feel sad once it’s over,” Neff said.

The five piece band is composed of a drummer and four guitarists, two of which also play bass.

Although they are currently unsigned, Loraine frequents local bars and clubs, opening for bands of their musical peers and intriguing local musicians like Decatur alum Spencer King.

“I really like the layering of their music, it’s simple in its complexity, in a way,” King said. “The more you listen to it, the more intricacies you discover, and that gives it a lot of replay value.”

As a musician, King appreciates Loraine’s style, and takes cues from it that inspire transformations in his band Stattic Attic, which has the same sort of post-rock feel.

“They’re kind of reminiscent of the style of the Broken Social Scene album “Feel Good Lost,” only louder,” King said, “and that’s something that’s really influenced some aspects of Stattic Attic’s more layered songs.”

With its clever mash of instruments, Loraine creates a sound wired with such individual aspects, the whole stands on it’s own in a fashion many songs couldn’t stand against if their lyrics were removed.

On the band’s website the heart of their EP from October of 2012, An Autumn Evening, is conveyed with their brief explanation of the album.

“It’s meant for anyone and everyone,” the site reads, “and we hope you enjoy it.”