London, ON-based band Lonnie in the Garden was founded back in 2010 by primary songwriter Lynne Craven and Natasha Roberts (vocals). Since its founding, the band has largely consisted of a rotating and evolving cast of London and Guelph, ON-based musicians – and in its current incarnation includes members of London ON’s, Wild Domestic and the Guelph, ON-based self-described sludge folk, psychedelic act WHOOP-Szo. Interestingly, in that time, Lonnie in the Garden have quickly developed a reputation as one of the London area’s best live acts, as they’ve played at the NXNE Festival, as well as community-based events such as Car Free Day, Grickle Grass Festival, Home Made Jam and Ladyfest. And their profile has increased as they’ve opened for the likes of Bruce Peninsula, Born Ruffians, Sunparlour Players, Jenn Grant, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, and The Jezebels.
With the band’s current incarnation, their sound manages to be a trippy amalgamation of folk, prog rock, psych rock and art rock as you’ll hear on “Song 3,” off the band’s forthcoming 2015 release, Black and Blue. In particular, the song is comprised of ethereal harmonies floating over a twisting and turning instrumental track that begins with a dreamy drone-filled sequence of gently strummed guitar, swirling electronics and harmonies before ending with a sludgy, power-chord based coda. The song manages to be both unusually haunting and subtly unsettling – as underneath the surface, it expresses a creeping anxiety and dread.
As the band explains in press notes, “visually, the video showcases a snowscape signifying a blanket of purity that has been seemingly veiled in darkness.” The visuals manage to emphasize the song’s sense of dread of anxiety in a way that’s very interesting.