Producer/composer/arranger Alexander Smith started Lydia Burrell in 2007 as a instrumental electronic solo project. Smith - who builds and tunes pipe organs in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky - originally blended laptop-based electronic beats with live guitar. The result was an aggressive, colorful mess of delirious hot licks and fuzzy synths. The process of recording the first Lydia Burrell album (an endeavor that took over 2 years) changed both Alex and Lydia a great deal, as Smith gradually incorporated more vocals into the songs and explored a broadening array of sounds and textures.
In 2010 Removador Recordings and Solutions, the record label co-founded by My Morning Jacket frontman Yim Yames and former MMJ guitarist Johnny Quaid, released the debut, self titled album, which was arranged and recorded by Smith, and mixed and co-produced by Smith and Yames. Since then Lydia Burrell has reemerged as a three-piece comprised of Smith (guitar, vocals, electronics), Justin Davis (bass, vocals), and Mark Guidry (drums). As a result, Lydia now boasts a formidable rhythm section and a powerful live sound to complement Smith’s heartfelt songs. And then of course there’s that old laptop, still making a bunch of odd noises and fuzzy drones.
pick up their music HERE on itunes or the ep on bandcamp:
Lydia Burrell - Lydia Burrell (2010)
3. No One
4. That Light
5. Space (Never Enough Time)
7. Tuxedo (I’ve Got A)