Published Oct 01, 2008Lloyd and Michael are an adorably ambiguous duo from Los Angeles. How adorable are they? Well, I'll let their bio do the talking:
Kate Davidson and M. Ritchey have been making music together for twelve years. Having begun their collaboration in a small, dimly-lit dorm room in Portland, they continued by founding the band Dear Nora in 1999. After several national and international tours, Kate decided to pursue a new life in San Francisco, where she learned how to rip wicked guitar solos, turned Dear Nora into a Fela Kuti-inspired 9 person jam band, and released several albums (on Magic Marker Records) to wide acclaim. M. Ritchey stayed in Portland and formed The Badger King with YACHT's Jona Bechtolt, and also followed her tendency toward the mythical to a weird, often cryptic, electro-fantasy-prog solo album under the name "Manta" (which became "Mantar" after veiled litigious threats from a local smooth jazz band became tedious), pouring her energies into an inhuman laptop that neither gave nor received love.
Over the years, both Kate and M. Ritchey explored many new musical avenues, but a small part of each of their hearts remained in that tiny, poorly-ventilated dorm room in which both their friendship and their musical lives were born. Luckily, and for unrelated reasons, they both happened to move to Los Angeles at the same time that, due to the whims of Fate, each was becoming disillusioned with her solo musical venture. It was at this moment that Lloyd and Michael spread its wings and took flight into the disgusting, smoggy air. Now older, wiser, and infinitely more attractive, Kate and M. Ritchey were ready to bring their well-honed individual expressive talents together again, after a decade of solitary wandering. A new album was inevitable, and ended up being recorded in only about four days due to the incredibly strong and positive vibes both were experiencing.
It's the story of a perfect musical bond that came to fruition under the guise of Lloyd and Michael. Kind of like a human and musical version of Milo and Otis, they eschew genders (they're actually two women) for the sake of simply making music as kindred spirits.
I don't know how in this day and age they released an album without any real publicity or buzz, but Just As God Made Us should end up as one of the great albums that nobody heard in 2008.
"A Real Time Here" has a timelessness centred more on purity than any kind of retro fascination. It's hard not to sense a thing for the '70s, with the tranquil guitar leads, unassuming percussion and airy harmonies Kate and M. or is that Lloyd and Michael breathe with immaculate control. I can't imagine this not bringing the sun out in even the most dire of tropical storms.