Band of the Day

2013.09.15

Little Lonely

A forgotten American landscape formed by steel string horizons and plaintive vocals
Dark clouds fill the air with doom and ions, and blanket the moon.
lyrics from Carnival King

Missouri-born, Los Angeles-based storyteller, Little Lonely, a.k.a. Julie Cain, provides a soundtrack for the forgotten American landscape. Otherworldly, intoxicating and full of longing, her music evokes a time out of balance. It’s equal parts mirth and quiet reflection from the heartland. Little Lonely’s eponymous 2013 debut is already receiving international praise. The full-length record, produced by multi-instrumentalist, Sean Hoffman (American Music Club, Loch&Key, Linda Perhacs), features accomplished musicians from the world of Indie-Rock, Folk and Americana music in Los Angeles, including Greg Eklund (Everclear, The Oohlas), Eric Heywood (The Pretenders, Son Volt), Heather McIntosh (Norah Jones, Gnarls Barkley) and George Sluppick (The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Mofro), just to name a few. The result combines hushed steel string horizons and echo drenched guitars with vocals that recall the plaintive wail made up of equal parts Maria McKee, Hope Sandoval and Julee Cruise. Ms. Lonely works in close collaboration on her music videos with like-minded artists local to L.A. Her video debut “Top Stair”, shot by photographer Wonder Bright, is on YouTube and stars dreamy AM pop duo Loch & Key. A second video for the opening track “Penny’s First Available” is coming in fall as well as two bonus tracks from the recording sessions at Sean Hoffman’s studio in Echo Park. While this may be the debut from Little Lonely, it’s not her first foray into music. Before moving to the West Coast at age 18, Cain began her musical career by playing the organ at a funeral home in a suburb of Kansas City. Later, in California, she explored country music through a persona in college known as Bitsy Lee. At its essence, the project combined performance art and music inspired by Cain’s ancestors who roamed the Midwest playing in honky-tonks. Cain’s performances caught the attention of producers, Hoffman, and, prior to that, Greg Eklund (Everclear, The Oohlas) and Geoff Walcha (Everclear, Ben Harper) who co-produced her EP (2005), Interstate Hum. Described as "moody, subtle, intelligent and, just occasionally, a little bit Patsy Cline" by Americana UK, the project led to music placements in feature films Broken Hill, starring Timothy Hutton and Hurt, starring Melora Walters. Picture Show (2011), Cain’s self-produced demo with guest performers Dead Kennedys’ East Bay Ray & Chuck Lindo (Actionslacks), yielded placement in the short film My Own Private Demon. Ms. Cain/Lonely lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles with her husband, a screenwriter/director she sometimes collaborates with, and their young son, Theo.