In the world of Lesotho, artists as varied as Caspian, Isis, Cave In, and Black Sheep Wall swirl inside their heads and seep into their musical ether. The Boston, Massachusetts-based post-rock/post-metal trio are eager to present their debut studio EP, Summer Wars, on August 20.
New Noise are proud to premiere “Plusone/Timestwo” below:
The three-piece outfit was formed in 2020 by guitarist Kyle Loffredo, drummer Zach Ganshirt, and bassist Cliff Cazeau, during a time when many would feel isolated and separated, and the band’s members found connection and community through a mutual love for heavy and emphatic instrumental music.
Loffredo and Cazeau would often collaborate on other projects, frequently running into Ganshirt, who was working at his father’s shop in the same building as their rehearsal space.
Not to be defined by the fallible nature of mankind and its words, Lesotho follow the cardinal rule of metal: there are no rules. For them, writing a massive song fuelled by the raw emotion of the instruments without a traditional verse/chorus trade-off feels natural, and their structure flows however it pleases.
On the track’s release, Lesotho state:
“We chose ‘Plusone/Timestwo’ as the opening song/single because it pretty much captures all of the dynamics the whole EP travels through. Similar to a theme or motif, there are strong melodic sections that establish a through-line that is constant throughout the entire record. We think it paints a pretty good picture of what we bring to the table sonically—melody blended with intensity.”
Recorded by Alex Allinson at The Bridge Sound & Stage in Cambridge, Massachusetts and mastered by Magnus Lindberg of Cult Of Luna at VRTKL Audio/Magnus Lindberg Productions, the Summer Wars EP is a largely heavy and precisely orchestrated body of work, driven by clean, emotive guitar melodies juxtaposed by thundering bass and drum work. The record was completed with artwork by Manol Chitadze and Benjamin Bardou.
Lesotho may elude all characterization, fitting in all boxes while also fitting in none at all, but one thing is for certain, the genuine artistry behind Summer Wars is undeniable. Each moment stands together, holding the listener and demanding their attention with every note.
Preorder and pre-save Summer Wars here.