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Lurch and Holler, E. Liz Downing and Michael R. Willis

Lurch and Holler, E. Liz Downing and Michael R. Willis

Alternative / Hypnotic / Hillbilly Baltimore, MD  US



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  • Lurch and Holler


Sounds Like: Half Japanese, Boister, lambs eat ivy, Dan Deacon, ellen cherry

Bio: "Lurch and Holler” is E .Liz Downing and Michael Willis. The singing duo use bowed banjo, guitar, found water rhythms, trash trucks and bouncing balls and musical jugs in search of vibrations to harmonize with. These seekings are punctuated by stories sung from the family business series, "The...See Full Bio

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“Play It: December 2011 Lurch & Holler By John Lewis In the Cabin Below (Thick Syrup Records) For more than 20 years, local luminaries Liz Downing and Michael Willis have been making beautiful music together in Lambs Eat Ivy, Radiant Pig, and now, Lurch & Holler. A unique blend of down-home twang and highbrow art song colors their work, and these 10 songs add a bit of lo-fi experimentalism and ambient field recordings to the mix. Bolstered by sturdy banjo and Willis's sonorous baritone, Downing's voice swoops wistfully through scenarios gleaned from kitchenettes, parlors, and motels before soaring into an ether of radio waves, literary ghosts, and prayer. In the Cabin Below channels the gospel of Flannery O'Connor and the maverick meditations of Pauline Oliveros. It feels, at times, like sacred music by sonic adventurers swigging from a Mason jar. ”

— John Lewis, Baltimore Magazine

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