Portland-Based Duo Lore City Set to Unveil Their 3rd Release

Written by Aiden Faire

Lore City, the sonic duo of Laura Mariposa Williams (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Eric Angelo Bessel (percussion, keyboard, guitar) based in Portland, OR, transports you to a landscape you’ve never witnessed. Their music is born from the transformational power of sound, where words, instruments, and rhythms work together, fusing indie psychedelia, dreampop, and darkwave sounds.

“Deep knowing, alongside the unfathomable unknown, is where we reside,” the duo shares. “Sonic soundscapes give way to archetypal figures and voices materialize. Sometimes we are just singing along with the ghosts that emerge from our chorus of effect pedals.”

On October 6, 2022, they will release their new 2 song 7″ vinyl EP Under Way, harkening back to the days of an A-side and a B-side. Two songs, pressed into another thing in a world on its way to something else. Under Way is about a wholeness between our very realities and how they merge. 

Lore City 'Under Way'

The A-side track, “Animate,” has a dark ambience with lyrics that are chant-like, as if repeating a mantra or reciting a prayer. “No you and no me/Not you and not me/Everybody/Very body/Everybody/Very body,” sings Laura. The message becomes clear, that we need each other and that we are one with our surroundings. The B-side track, “Very Body,” is utterly stunning. It’s as if the music is listening to you with swooping and hovering sounds. It’s both grounding and dream-like, as if to acknowledge our states of consciousness and being. 

Under Way follows full-length albums Participation Mystique (2021) and Alchemical Task (2020), as the third release from the Lore City Music imprint. The Lore City Music publishing imprint was established in 2020 to facilitate the musical releases of Laura Mariposa Williams and Eric Angelo Bessel.

Connect with Lore City via:

Website / Twitter / Spotify / YouTube

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By Aiden Faire Music Reviewer
I fell in love with music when I first picked up a guitar at age 8. When I played, my friends and family would smile and spill with joy over the music I played, even though it was never Grammy quality. While my music career never made it past high school, my love for music never waivered. I loved the feeling of bringing a smile to someone's face through music and wanted to keep that passion going. So, I took it upon myself to continue to support and promote artists by writing about their music. This way, I can support my personal passion for music and bring entertain and joy to others through music.  Outside my love for music, I do enjoy a good hike and being in the outdoors. My favorite place that I've hiked is in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. I love to travel too. I've been to Costa Rica, Vancouver, BC, and England, but the best place by far is Germany on Oktoberfest. I liken that experience to being in New Orleans on Mardi Gras. I like a good book now and then, but I'm more of a streaming fiend. I live for crime docuseries on Netflix, veterinary shows on National Geographic, and re-watching Scrubs on Hulu.
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