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Not For Us Two

by Lo Fine

intimate, yet lushly arranged indie-rock. slow-motion playing, gentle vocal, lilting lullaby of pedal steel.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Damage Twins
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2. Over My Shoulder
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3. Remotely Together
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4. Runaway Lullabye
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5. New Excuses
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6. Words Like We
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7. #37
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8. Cemetery Road
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9. Sight Behind Lids
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10. My Favorite Illusion (Not For Us Two)
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Album Notes
Recent Press for Lo Fine:

\"If Iron and Wine have been getting too burly for you lately, you might check out this engaging folk Americana album. The mood of its gently reflective and often lovely songs (Damage Twins; Remotely Together; Sight Behind Lids) ranges from hushed to haunting, mellow to melancholic, given an added intimacy by a singer whose voice is a whisper louder than Sam Beam\'s.
**** 4 stars\"
-Mojo Magazine

“as disarmingly lovely as any album you’ll hear this year—or this decade—a nearly ideal agglomeration of melancholy pedal steel, close, minor-key harmonies and weathered rumination....This is special. If you ever laid in bed all Sunday morning listening to Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend or got over a lost love to the soundtrack of Hollywood Town Hall, you ought to hear Not for Us Two.”
-PopMatters

“Not For Us Two is a straightforward sounding record. No maddening metaphors or tricky hooks clutter the sparse acoustic songs and general melancholy that has become Lo Fine’s trademark. Not For Us Two acts out in subtle and gentle fashion. A combination of Jeff Tweedy and a mournful Zach Rogue, O’Rourke brings genuineness to what could otherwise be contrived or overly standard thematic situations. Lo Fine utilizes a less-is-more stance to music....the album is satisfying in an age of over sensory acts cramming every corner with noise. Lo Fine allow the songs to expand at a slow, but natural pace, bringing a warmth and finally a welcomed resolution.”
-Alarm Magazine

“the slow-motion playing, gentle vocal, lilting lullaby of pedal steel all serve to relax, and very calming it is. The closing ‘My Favourite Illusion (Not for Us Two)’ is another indolent warm afternoon. I feel as though I should be throwing open the windows and letting in the breeze when the pile of harmonies and counterpoints arrive things are elevated again. This is an enjoyable set of songs that has a unity of approach.”
-Americana UK

“Not For Us Two is akin to Son Volt, Bonnie Prince Billy and at times, the later period Red House Painters....The lyrics are direct and honest, O\'Rourke shirking any kind of obscurity in the straightforward delivery of the words...If there is a theme to Not For Us Two, it is one of aching while being separated, whether by a breakup or by distance, from a loved one...This album has KEXP written all over it by the songwriting and the production. It will comes as no surprise to hear these songs on the station in the coming months.”
-Three Imaginary Girls

“Lo Fine is essentially the work of Kevin O\'Rourke – though....our eyes lit up to see that ex-Scud Mountain Boy Bruce Tull has a hand in shaping this gentle alt-country shuffle with his unmistakable pedal steel work...this one comes from a new EP of unreleased B sides. Dig that brush work! And Kevin\'s easy mourning vox.”
-Stereogum

“It\'s as much a logical extension of the attractively darker side of such sounds from the seventies as it is of more recent avatars of same...Will Oldham and Mark Kozelek for good reason in this case.”
-All Music Guide


Lo Fine has been winning over audiences from Boston to Seattle to Europe and back. With his penetrating lyrics and achingly hushed songs, Kevin O\'Rourke lands his vocals on just this side of melancholy. Lo Fine creates expansive, beautifully literate songs that slip under one\'s skin with a welcome ease. Less is decidedly more, and the emotive resonance of the music speaks volumes.

“Lo Fine is a band dedicated to the difficult task of performing delicate rock-based music, committed to the notion that there\'s a place for popular music that values the sublime and restrained over the raw and showy. It\'s an approach that puts Lo Fine in league not only with the Scud Mountain Boys but with such acts as Lambchop, Vic Chesnutt, and Boston\'s own Willard Grant Conspiracy.” – The Boston Globe (2003)

Kevin O’Rourke began Lo Fine in 1999, recording the songs he had been performing solo in and around the Amherst and Northampton, Massachusetts area. The self-released Lo Fine EP, a collection of home recordings with a few live songs, came out in late ’99. At that point, Mark Schwaber, of the band Hospital, approached Kevin about starting a band based around his songs, beginning the life of Lo Fine the band. After a few shows as a duo, with Mark on second guitar and switching to drums for a few songs, Thane Thomsen, frontman for the Figments, joined as a bass player, making Lo Fine a trio. The band’s first full-length, Nine was recorded in March/April of 2000 by Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers, Lilys, Devendra Banhart, Beachwood Sparks), and released in late 2001 on the now defunct Natural Disaster Label. The LP was rounded out by contributions from Brian Marchese, drummer of The Figments, and Bruce Tull (formerly of the Scud Mountain Boys). By the summer of 2000, Bruce joined the group full time and Brian had also started playing drums regularly as well. A follow-up EP Slow to a Crawl came out in fall 2002 on Pigeon Records, and in March of 2007 West Main Development put out an EP of unreleased songs from 2001-2006, called Migraine Errata.

“Kevin O\'Rourke -- who in essence is Lo Fine -- is a whisperer in a world of screamers. His work beckons you in slowly and quietly, and doesn\'t demand anything from you other than your close attention. The last time I talked to him his truck had died and he was sleeping on a friend\'s couch in Northampton, which says a lot about Kevin: owning things isn\'t important to him, and his dedication to his craft is wholehearted and genuine. Kevin does have some collaborators, including Bruce Tull, formerly of the seminal Scud Mountain Boys, and the band brings a fitting gracefulness to the proceedings, but it might be appropriate to picture Kevin playing these songs by himself, in a darkened house after everyone else has gone to sleep.” – Matt Byars of the Caribbean and West Main Development (2007)

The new LP, Not for Us Two, is the most fully realized Lo Fine record to date. A full band record, with Mark, Thane, Brian and Bruce as the constant players throughout Not for Us Two captures a group of musicians making music together, working off of a special chemistry recognized and respected by every member of the group.

In Kevin’s words, “We never lost sight of the fact that what we were creating felt very special, and a little bit above us.”

Previous praise for Lo Fine:

“Recorded with a collection of local musicians in his Northeastern home, there is a gray fog that shrouds all of Nine. O\'Rourke\'s voice is the center of attention, grieving yet accepting in its melancholy…Lo Fine may make no allusions to spirits in the woods or spirits in a bottle, but this uniquely residential take on introspective alternative blues hits home a lot closer than the melodrama of many of its contemporaries. –All Music Guide (2002)”

\"Lo Fine\'s delicate, meandering songs sound like nighttime - they begin with a whisper, swell softly and then fade, each like a hazy dream.” –Hybrid Magazine(2004)

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