Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Love, DEAN LP
by Walter Price
The new self-titled LP from Portland-based duo Love, DEAN is nearly an entire 1968 record shop all in one album. With enough hints of its modern birth sewn throughout so the listener feels comfortable enough in knowing that they haven’t actually inadvertently time-traveled. A true sonic melting-pot with its blends of soul, R&B, AM radio pop, Americana, and a bit of jazzy gospel amongst the vibes and textures that strive to move you. And how they will, indeed.
This is a labor of love from the husband and wife team of Rachael and Luke Price and their crew of meticulous studio musicians and artists. In a quote provided to the GTC, Rachael sends an open-door invite to everyone, “This album is a love letter from us to anyone who listens. We’re hoping the listener feels let into our lives; that they can see value in music; value in people; and that they feel inspired to grow in their own lives and relationships. We leave space for grief, hardship, and honesty but our target is encouragement and positivity in the midst of struggles,”.
And holy moly have they crafted a beautiful set of nostalgic songs. The dripping harmonies, the delicate brilliance of the guitar, the wizardry of the Mellotron and Wurlitzer sprinkled here and there, the swing of the horns, and all the nuanced respect paid to the sounds and song makers that came before them, feel as if Love, DEAN are creating a red velvet backdropped stage in your very own earbuds. Timeless Pop magic has been achieved.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous…
Photos and quotes courtesy of Public Display PR
Songs, written by: Rachael Price, Luke Price & David Kitay, David Baerwald
Produced by: David Kitay, Luke Price
Mixed by: Gus Berry
Mastered by: Philip Shaw Bova
Engineered by: David Kitay, Vishal Nayak, Adrian Olsen, Gus Berry, Danny O’Hanlon, Luke Price, Brian Harvey, Alex Chapman
Recorded at: George’s House, Black Lodge Recording, Montrose Recording, Berrytown, Bungalow 9, Beginner Records, Singing Sands
feat. Vishal Nayak
Directed, Shot, and Edited by Jared Lichtenberg
Art Direction, Set Design, and Production Assistance by Hannah Glavor
Original Concept by Leah Brown
Starring: Love, DEAN (Rachael Price and Luke Price)
Featuring: Gus Berry as “Frecord”
Shot with love in Portland, Oregon.
“We want to connect with people, but we also like to keep things musically interesting. For example, there may be a section in 7, or a strange horn line, or a complex drum fill or passage, but we never like these touches to take away from the song. We strive for something that feels familiar but has unexpected twists.” – Luke Price