Lewis & Addison Rogers bridge two realities with the music they create as Busman’s Holiday. First, there’s the sparse theatricality of the busking lifestyle, the two brothers ready to entertain with nothing but an acoustic guitar, a suitcase kickdrum and the blending of their voices– prepared to pack up and mosey along to the next dive bar, coffee house, city and state. Then there’s the the vast, orchestral expanse of their compositions, the lush, freewheeling storytelling begging to be backed by a 21-piece orchestra.
For Popular Cycles, the band’s third full-length release, due out on Joyful Noise Records on October 14th, the brothers continue as well as elaborate on their previous albums, A Long Goodbye and Old Friends. But more so than any of their past work, the Southern Indiana born duo is able to reconcile the dual aspects of their artistic output, full-bodied production with intimate tales.
Recording in Bloomington, IN and in Montreal at Arcade Fire’s Sonovox Studio with arranger Matt Nowlin and producer Mark Lawson, they maintained their signature touch, imitating sounds they hear in electronic music with acoustic instruments—producing music that is earthy and organic, just outside of, yet still of its time.
Today, Elmore is thrilled to be streaming Popular Cycles in advance of its Friday release. The Rogers’ say of the record, “Popular Cycles is an album mixing memories, nature, nostalgia and immediate experience. We write songs about people from different perspectives with the tools of our own memories and feelings. We hope these songs help pop the hidden champagne we all keep.
The album is sonically joyous and elaborate– orchestral, jazzy and yearning, filled with rich tales of foreign, yet familiar, lives. From the jangling, anthemic chorus of “What We Need We Know,” to the claps and stomps employed mournfully on “No One Could Be,” to the goose-bump inducing “Jesus’ Mother,” the album will no doubt unfold to each listener in unique ways.
Tour dates (w/ Kishi Bashi):
10/14: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/15: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/18: Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
10/19: Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret
10/20: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/21: San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
10/22: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
10/23: San Diego, CA @ Irenic
10/24: Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater