Laney Sullivan, of the indie-folk band known as Lobo Marino, has launched her first solo album called “infinite christmas.” Recorded in her mother’s basement, the prolific local musician used nothing more than her voice and a loop pedal for her latest, moving body of work.
“The project is mostly just me experimenting with my new loop pedal,” says Sullivan. “My voice has always been my strongest instrument. I grew up knowing how to harmonize.”
Sullivan’s mother, Beth Lewis, is a singer and her stepfather, Reilly Lewis, was a famous choral conductor in Washington, DC. “As a child I would be ‘forced’ to go to every concert of the Cathedral Choral Society, a 200-person choral which performes in the Washington National Cathedral. My stepfather was the director of the chorus and my mother sang in the alto section.”
Sullivan’s says that people often ask if she’s classically trained. “I always laugh and say ‘no’… but at the same time, I can’t deny the influence of sacred choral music on my developing mind from so much exposure as a child.” Sullivan says that as she has grown she has found herself attracted to religious music from different traditions around the world. “Playing harmonium in our band Lobo Marino connected me to the hypnotic drone of chant. ‘infinite christmas’ is where all these elements come together. It’s me chanting my favorite lines from the Christmas songs I grew up singing this time of year,” she explains.
Inspired by an alternative holiday album released by Sufjan Steves, Sullivan plans to continue to add new songs to “infinite christmas” as the years pass.
For Sullivan’s new solo album “infinite christmas,” visit https://infinitechristmas.bandcamp.com/album/infinite-christmas.
For a chance to catch the songs preformed live, attend one of Lobo Marino’s upcoming shows in Richmond:
12/8 @ My Noodle and Bar, 10pm
12/9 @ Unity of Richmond Holiday Market, 2-4pm
12/16 @ Väsen Brewing, 6pm