Published Oct 23, 2012Luke Lalonde keeps up a busy schedule as the frontman of Born Ruffians, but the songwriter has found the time to prep a solo album under his own name. Rhythymnals is due out October 30 through Paper Bag, and you can now stream the whole thing in advance of its official in-store release.
The collection was largely recorded at various homes in Toronto and Montreal between 2010 (when Born Ruffians released their last album, Say It) and 2012. Additional sessions took place with Roger Leavens (the Rural Alberta Advantage, Woodhands) at Boombox Sound.
These songs were composed during downtime away from Born Ruffians (who, incidentally, have a new album on the way in 2013). Aside from the odd instrument, Lalonde completed these solo songs largely on his own.
A press release explains, "The 10-track album's theme was originally centred around the notion of sound existing whether we do or not and our unique ability to interpret it and manipulate it. But in the end the album ended up sprawling outward to narratives about gender confused couples, a man who hates his boyish looks so he cuts his face up, long distance relationships and rejection."
Take a listen below.