'Tape Recorder' is the second album from Nashville's Lionlimb, the project of Stewart Bronaugh and Joshua Jaeger. The record is a collection of six tracks written by Bronaugh after their second European tour in the fall of 2016, primarily on piano in Columbia University practice rooms. After having collaborated with a friend who played cello, the Bronaugh and Jaeger began expanding into scoring music for violins and bass clarinet. Having been the first time he scored music by hand, Bronaugh looked to 70's minimalist composers for research. After recording the entire album live, the resulting six tracks of 'Tape Recorder' are reflective, soulful, and based around the themes of love, loss, heartache, friends, and family. Bronaugh recalls an incident that inspired the album's title track, 'Tape Recorder,' from his youth when a friend of his collapsed during gym class and went into a 2 week-long coma due to a heart condition. His teacher told everyone to make cassette tapes of themselves singing songs to help him wake up. This ended up being one of the experiences that inspired Bronaugh to continue writing music as a means of connecting, healing, and having hope. On the flip side, songs like 'Clover' on the album also deal with some of the struggles that come with writing music, such as experiencing self-doubt, isolation, obsession, and competition. The minimal, bare-bones live recording of the album and collaborative orchestration of the music give 'Tape Recorder' a deeply personal and tangible beauty.
'Shoo' is the debut album from Lionlimb, the project of songwriter Stewart Bronaugh and drummer Joshua Jaeger. The record is a collection of songs Bronaugh wrote between 2012 and 2015 while living in Chicago, San Francisco, and Nashville. After returning from an Australian tour playing guitar and drums in Angel Olsen's band, Lionlimb began recording 'Shoo' in 2015 with Robin Eaton. Bronaugh and Jaeger started by tracking live drums and piano, and then for weeks Bronaugh filled up reel after reel, layering compulsively over their recordings. In the spring, Bronaugh and Eaton began the task of peeling away the layers. The resulting sessions proved to be a departure from the duo's previous recordings with a shift toward jazz, rock andsoul with the addition of saxophone and Fender rhodes. The album's influences can be traced back to Miles Davis' 'On the Corner', Jack London, Schumann, Elliott Smith, and Jackson Pollock.
Lionlimb is Nashville native Stewart Bronaugh's recently resurrected project. Originally started in 2010, the project was put on hold as Bronaugh worked as a day laborer in Chicago and San Francisco before making his return to the Midwest. It was then that he began collaborating with drummer and so-called "intuitive dogmatist" Joshua Jaeger. Shortly thereafter, the two joined Angel Olsen's backing band both on tour and on her seismic Burn Your Fire For No Witness (2014). The recent revival of Lionlimb exhibits a thematic shift which includes jazz elements and Bowie-esque guitar arrangements, complemented by Bronaugh's effortless vocals. With Jaeger on drums and production by Nashville's Robin Eaton, the upcoming Turnstile EP will be Lionlimb's first official release, out on Bayonet this September.