Albums, Music, The Revue — September 2, 2015 at 7:40 am

The Lighthouse and The Whaler – “Mont Royal”

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After a three-year break since their sophomore album This Is An Adventure, The Lighthouse and The Whaler return with Mont Royal. Produced by Stars and Arcade Fire collaborator Marcus Paquin in the hip Montreal neighbourhood with which the album shares its name, the Cleveland-based quartet have in Mont Royal embraced the city’s mantra of living life to its fullest, celebrating every moment, and never settling for the ordinary. These themes resonate throughout the album, which reflects the band’s growth and maturation.

The album, however, isn’t just all rosy and optimistic, but it is also…

Breathtakingly cinematic, highlighted by the opener, “In Motion”, which is driven during the chorus by a whirlwind of percussion and the exclamation of “I’m o.k.!”; the slow-building but stunning “In The Open”; and the glacial brilliance of the closing track, “We Are Infinite, which has the synth-pop elegance of M83. …Expansive with its orchestral pop numbers, such as the euphoric “Glory” and “I Want To Feel Alive”, which resounds of the indie pop of Ra Ra Riot but performed with a string complement.

and Anthemic with its indie pop that resounds with the infectiousness of Bombay Bicycle Club and Gengahr, such as the synth-infused, ’80s-inspired tunes of “Senses” and “Closer” and the pulsating “Under”.

When you add all these elements up, The Lighthouse and The Whaler have created an album of glorious indie-pop and themes to match the sparkling sound. It’s an album that shines a light on the dreariest of days and one that will warm even the coldest times, making it perfect for one to say goodbye to summer while welcoming the bright colours of autumn.

The Lighthouse and The Whaler are Michael LoPresti, Matthew LoPresti, Mark Porostosky, and Ryan Walker. The band is heading out on tour in a couple of weeks. Dates are below. Join them for what surely will be an event.

Mont Royal is out now via Roll Call Records. Purchase it at the band’s website (see below), the label’s store, iTunes, Amazon, and eMusic.

Website – thelighthouseandthewhaler.com
Facebook – The Lighthouse and The Whaler
Twitter – @TLATW
Instagram – @tlatw

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The Lighthouse and the Whaler Tour Dates

Sep 14 The Firebird

St Louis, MO Tickets
Sep 15 Slowdown

Omaha, NE Tickets
Sep 17 Larimer Lounge

Denver, CO Tickets
Sep 18 Kilby Court

Salt Lake City, UT Tickets
Sep 20 Barboza

Seattle, WA Tickets
Sep 21 Dante’s

Portland, OR Tickets
Sep 23 The Rickshaw Stop

San Francisco, CA Tickets
Sep 24 Club Bahia

Los Angeles, CA Tickets
Sep 25 Soda Bar

San Diego, CA Tickets
Sep 27 The Rebel Lounge

Phoenix, AZ Tickets
Sep 29 Mohawk

Austin, TX Tickets
Sep 30 Three Links

Dallas, TX Tickets
Oct 02 The High Watt

Nashville, TN Tickets
Oct 03 Aisle 5

Atlanta, GA Tickets
Oct 04 Cat’s Cradle Back Room

Carrboro, NC Tickets
Oct 05 DC9 Washington, DC Tickets
Oct 06 The Studio at Webster Hall New York, NY Tickets
Oct 08 Johnny Brenda’s

Philadelphia, PA Tickets
Oct 09 Middle East – Upstairs

Cambridge, MA Tickets
Oct 10 The Drake Hotel

Toronto, Canada Tickets
Oct 11 Rumba Cafe

Columbus, OH Tickets
Oct 13 Schubas

Chicago, IL Tickets

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